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Dr. David Jakubowicz
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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.?

Dr. David Jakubowicz
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
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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.?

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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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Small mucous retention cyst in the left sphenoid sinus what can be the cause?

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes a cyst in your sphenoid sinus?

Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
28 years in practice
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I have a cyst in my sphenoid sinus cavity that is 1.5 cm. it was found on a MRI. Should i have it removes or what options are there?

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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I have a cyst in my sphenoid sinus cavity that is 1.5 cm. it was found on a MRI. Should i have it removes or what options are there?

Usually: retention cysts are incidental findings requiring no further treatment. If you are not having any related symptoms, and if it clearly simply represents a cyst, probably no treatment is necessary, but talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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I have a cyst in my sphenoid sinus cavity. Also seasonal allergies, prone to sinus infections, drainage, and sinus headaches. Are they connected?

Dr. Al Hegab
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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I have a cyst in my sphenoid sinus cavity. Also  seasonal allergies, prone to sinus infections, drainage, and sinus headaches. Are they connected?

Yes: And you would better follow up with an allergist and ENT, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Hirsch
Board Certified, Dentistry
44 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Martin Hirsch
Board Certified, Dentistry
44 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Chaim Colen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
14 years in practice
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What does near complete opacification of sphenoid sinus mean?

Dr. Chaim Colen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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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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Dr. John Chastain
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
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Wt is the treatment of partial opacified sphenoid sinus?

Dr. John Chastain
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Dr. Nick Debnath
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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What is the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease?

Dr. Nick Debnath
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Dr. Mehmet Berk
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
27 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Mehmet Berk
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
27 years in practice
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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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