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My head MRI showed a small retention cyst in the sphenoid sinus.Headaches and dizziness last week hence the mri.Smoker, sleep apnea from time to time.?

My head MRI showed a small retention cyst in the sphenoid sinus.Headaches and dizziness last week hence the mri.Smoker, sleep apnea from time to time.?

MRI very sensitive: Just because you have something in the sinus, it does not mean it is the cause of your symptoms. Retention cysts are common. Does light or sound bother you when you have the headache? Do you have visual changes before the headache comes? If so you may have migraine. ...Read more

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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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Small mucous retention cyst in the left sphenoid sinus what can be the cause?

Small mucous retention cyst in the left sphenoid sinus what can be the cause?

Retention cyst: Hello, cysts are commonly found within the paranasal sinuses. It is believed that they occur from an occlusion of an outflow tract from a mucus secreting gland. This gland continues to produce mucus and before long it swells like a water balloon. These cysts can be varying sizes and as long as they don't occlude the sinus ostea, they are just identified and observed. No surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes a cyst in your sphenoid sinus?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes a cyst in your sphenoid sinus?

Retention cyst: Retention cysts are found often on MRI scans of the brain. These cysts are usually benign incidental findings that arise from the mucosa in the sinus. When they get large, they can cause some headache from irritation of the surrounding structures. In the abscence of a history of infection with drainage, the cause of these cysts is debated. Treatment is usually conservative. ...Read more

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Can a retention cyst in the sphenoid and maxillary sinus cavities be responsible for excess & thickening mucus resulting in the sensation that you constantly have to clear your throat?

Can a retention cyst in the sphenoid and maxillary sinus cavities be responsible for excess & thickening mucus resulting in the sensation that you constantly have to clear your throat?

Yes: Excess mucous and/or more viscous mucous and/or a post nasal drip can make you feel as if there is something stuck in your throat causing you to have the need to cough and clear your throat. ...Read more

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Wt is the treatment of partial opacified sphenoid sinus?

Wt is the treatment of partial opacified sphenoid sinus?

It depends: Isolated sphenoid sinusitis is uncommon but may cause symptoms like any other sinus condition- congestion, pain/ pressure, post nasal drainage, fatigue, etc. If symptomatic, antibiotics or surgically draining the sinus may be appropriate. If not symptomatic, it may just be a mucus retention cyst (benign glob of snot!)-requires no treatment. Depending on its appearance, repeat a ct at some point. ...Read more

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What does near complete opacification of sphenoid sinus mean?

What does near complete opacification of sphenoid sinus mean?

Sphenoid Sinus: Near complete opacification of sphenoid sinus means that there is material such as blood or mucus that is filling the sinus. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease?

What is the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease?

Depends...: on what you mean by disease. If you mean infection, you may need antibiotics and/or nose sprays. If you mean inflammation, you may need treatment of the underlying condition (e.g. allergy). If you mean cyst, the answer may be nothing. If you mean growth or tumor, the answer may be surgery. An ENT doctor may be able to help you. ...Read more

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If the sphenoid sinus is opacifying increasingly on an interval, can it ever go away and become clear on its own?

Depends..: Depends on the reson of opacification. If it is an infection (sinusitis) it may get better. If its due to amss lesion in the sphenooid sinus (like a tumor) most probably it is there to stay , if not treated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What test best diagnoses a hole in sphenoid sinus?

What test best diagnoses a hole in sphenoid sinus?

Hole is normal : The best test to evaluate the sphenoid sinus is usually a ct scan. The natural drainage hole should be open and secretions should not build up. When they do they cause infection and sometimes pain. Occasionally an MRI is necessary to look for certain growths or rumors in the sphenoid sinus. ...Read more

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Is there any way to "unopacify" a sinus w/interval opacification? How can one "unopacify" the sphenoid sinus?

Is there any way to "unopacify" a sinus w/interval opacification? How can one "unopacify" the sphenoid sinus?

Treat sinusitis: Opacification of a sinus is xray evidence of sinus full of something empty the sinus opacification goes away it can clear itself if you treat the process causing it to fill congestion, infx being most common rarely surgical drainage is indicated. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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