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Doctor insights on: Polypoid Mucosal Thickening In Maxillary Sinus

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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What does mild polypoid mucosal thickening in the inferior lateral right maxillary sinus mean?

What does mild polypoid mucosal thickening in the inferior lateral right maxillary sinus mean?

Depends: Based on a CT scan that description usually means inflammation in the floor of the right maxillary sinus. If during a common viral cold this may be normal. If chronic it could mean mild chronic sinusitis. Depending on your anatomy sometimes this may be related to a dental infection or process. This may also be a completely incidental finding.

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What would mucosal thickening in the maxillary sinus mean?

What would mucosal thickening in the maxillary sinus mean?

Inflammation: In most cases this phrase is used to describe some level of sinus inflammation. Make sure you discuss your specific case with your treating physician.

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Focal small polypoidal mucosal thickening in right maxillary sinus What does it means?

Focal small polypoidal mucosal thickening in right maxillary sinus What does it means?

Depends: Based on a CT scan that description usually means inflammation in the floor of the right maxillary sinus. If during a common viral cold this may be normal. If chronic it could mean mild chronic sinusitis. Depending on your anatomy sometimes this may be related to a dental infection or process. This may also be a completely incidental finding.

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My mri report shows that there is mild mucosal thickening in bilateral maxillary sinus. What does it mean and what should I do for it?

My mri report shows that there is mild mucosal thickening in bilateral maxillary sinus. What does it mean and what should I do for it?

Mild sinusitis: This is a common finding on MRI. It usually is of no importance unless you have sinus headaches, or an active sinus infection. You can try using non-sedative antihistamines or steroid nasal sprays if allergies are a problem. For a more natural alternative you may use a Neti pot to break up the mucus. If you have no symptoms, then don't worry about it much.

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I am having dry cough from 3 month, now P.N.S xray showed that mucosal thickening noted in maxillary sinus and frontal sinus appear hypoplastic. Help?

I am having dry cough from 3 month, now P.N.S xray showed that mucosal thickening noted in maxillary sinus and frontal sinus appear hypoplastic. Help?

Maybe: People with chronic sinusitis often have a persisting cough as one of their main, or only, symptoms. The mucosal thickening of the maxillary sinus is often indicative of chronic sinusitis. The hypo plastic frontal sinus just didn't develop fully and likely has nothing to do with your cough. I would recommend consultation with ENT physician. Medications and further imaging may be necessary.

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Sphenoid/paranasal/maxillary sinus-mild inflammatory mucosal thickening. Poly in maxillry sinus. What does it mean? On biaxin (clarithromycin) for 14 days.

Sphenoid/paranasal/maxillary sinus-mild inflammatory mucosal thickening. Poly in maxillry sinus. What does it mean? On biaxin (clarithromycin) for 14 days.

Sinusitis: What it means is that you have sinus inflammation. It sounds as if you have had a cat scan. My personal feeling is that biaxin (clarithromycin) is not my drug of choice. If you are asymptomatic, steroids might help to resolve the inflammation which is your immune system trying to cure the virus or allergen that might be causing the sinusitis. If you are asymptomatic, you do not need treatment.

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Hello Dr, I had nosal dripping, my MRI shows "Right Maxillary sinus mucosal thickening" & "deviation of nasal septum to right" what does this mean?

Sinusitis: You have thickening of the right maxillary sinus due to inflammation, likely infection in the sinus. Your nasal septum is the part that divides the two sides of your nose. When deviated it can cause excessive mucosal thickening and difficulty breathing, especially at night. I recommend you use Neil Med Sinus rinse as directed twice a day and consult an ENT specialist.

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Please translate: "mucous retention cyst in right maxillary sinus. Bulbous mucosal thickening of left inferior turbinate is noted. Mucosal retention cyst is also noted within left aspect of nasopharynx."

Please translate: "mucous retention cyst in right maxillary sinus. Bulbous mucosal thickening of left inferior turbinate is noted. Mucosal retention cyst is also noted within left aspect of nasopharynx."

Antral cyst: It is a common condition related to allergic rhinitis. In general, no surgical treatment is needed unless the cyst are very large and obstructing the outflow tract of the sinus. The enlarged inferior turbinate is a result of allergy. It can be treated with medication or surgery.

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Ct results1mild mucosal thickening involving the ethmoid air cells and small mucous retention in the left maxillary sinus.2small concha bullosa bilaterally without ostiomeatal stenosis. Please explain?

Sinus CT: Concha bullosa are common anatomic variants of bones in the nasal cavity. When they are large, they can obstruct the sinus drainage pathway and predispose to sinusitis. When small, usually of no concern. Small mucus retention cysts and mild mucosal thickening may be related to mild chronic sinusitis. However, these mild findings may not even cause noticeable symptoms.

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Focal polypoid mucosal thickening involving both maxillary sinuses with patent frontal recess & maxillary osteums - what does that mean?

Sinusitis with polyp: Your CT shows you have a sinus infection with polyps. Follow up with the doctor who ordered your test for clinical correlation. Always the best person to interpret any testing is the person who ordered it. They have all you history, exam, etc.

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What is mucosal edema of right maxillary sinus and mucous retention cyst?

What is mucosal edema of right maxillary sinus and mucous retention cyst?

Mucous membrane: Often this is from an allergic reaction. If the thickening is significant, one needs to consider an infection in the sinuses. Do note that pregnancy itself can cause nasal congestion (especially if you have never had nasal symptoms prior to your pregnancy).

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I was diagnosed after MRI with prominent adenoid pad and tiny mucosal retention cyst in both maxillary sinus. What are my options?

I was diagnosed after MRI with prominent adenoid pad and tiny mucosal retention cyst in both maxillary sinus. What are my options?

Symptoms?: Why was the MRI done? If you are having nasal obstruction or obstructive sleep apnea, your ENT doc may recommend removal of the adenoids. If no nasal obstruction of concern about the adenoid tissue being a tumor, I would think no treatment necessary. The mucus retention cysts of the maxillary sinuses usually do not require treatment unless the doc suspects another diagnosis.

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Ct results: minor mucosal changes in the paranasal sinuses seen in the maxillary sinus regions with mucous retention cysts. Possible cause?

Ct results: minor mucosal changes in the paranasal sinuses seen in the maxillary sinus regions with mucous retention cysts. Possible cause?

Not to worry: I see a fair proportion of my patients demonstrating these in their sinuses as an incidental finding on ct scan. They very rarely require any sort of surgical intervention and should be differentiated from a mucocele (which are different. Allergies, sinusitis, mucosal irritation lead to these fluid filled "sacs".

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Maxilla (Definition)

The bone of the upper jaw which serves as a foundation of the face ...Read more