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Doctors, what are the odds of having a sinus infection and a brain tumor?

Doctors, what are the odds of having a sinus infection and a brain tumor?

According to: The CDC, 12% of adults in US are diagnosed with sinusitis. According to cancer.gov, lifetime risk of CNS neoplasm is 0.6%. They are independent of one another, so risk of both is computed by multiplying the individual probabilities...it is 0.072%. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

Ear infection: Inner ear infections can affect balance. This is a complex system and usually will recover slower than the actual infection, sometimes as long as 3-4 weeks. If symptoms persist longer than this timeframe, reevaluation is indicated by your treating physician. Brain tumors of the inner ear can cause dizziness as a presenting symptom, but most of these tumors present with hearing loss. ...Read more

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Anxiety/panic attacks? Hello, I have not been diagnosed with anxiety but I think I have it. Ever since I started getting headaches from my sinus infection I convinced my self that I have a brain tumor or brain aniresum because I looked the symptoms up onl

Anxiety/panic attacks? Hello, I have not been diagnosed with anxiety but I think I have it. Ever since I started getting headaches from my sinus infection I convinced my self that I have a brain tumor or brain aniresum because I looked the symptoms up onl

Hello,: Hello, lets start with providing some information about anxiety and panic attacks since you are specifically inquiring about those conditions.
Anxiety can present with feeling nervous or restless; getting tired more easily; feeling irritable; problems with sleep; muscle tension (especially in the muscles surrounding the skull, as well as neck and upper back muscles); or feeling so anxious that your mind goes blank.
Panic attacks are a type of anxiety disorder. They are usually discreet episodes that can last a few minute up to around ten minutes. They can be quite unsettling and can include symptoms like: feeling very panicked; trembling, sweating more; having difficulty breathing with more rapid breaths; chest tightness or pain; nausea or butterflies in stomach sensation; feeing dizzy; a pounding or rapid heart beat; feeling numbness or tingling in certain areas and sometimes the fear that you are going crazy or that you are dying.
As you know, doctors don't diagnose patients by websites. However, it does sound like you have an obsessive fear right now. If your doctor has not evaluated your sinus problems, I suggest you get it checked out. That way you will know the cause, it can be treated and hopefully the doctor can help to calm your fears. If you have already seen the doctor for this and you are still focused on the possibility that you have a tumor or an aneurysm, than I suggest that you call him or her to let them know that you are obsessing over the issue. At that point, the doctor can help develop a plan for how to overcome this. Good luck - try to stop fretting. ...Read more

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Can brain tumors be misdiagnosed as frontal sinus infections?

Can brain tumors be misdiagnosed as frontal sinus infections?

Not expected: Typically imaging can easily distinguish, other than the occurrence of a naso-pharyngeal carcinoma invading the sinuses. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis be a cause of swollen optic nerves in both eyes? Scheduled for an MRI but very nervous hoping its not a brain tumor. Thanks!

Highly unlikely: In rare cases, very severe sinusitis could affect the blood supply or blood drainage of the optic nerves. However, a person with this problem would likely have other symptoms as well, such as severe headache, other cranial nerve palsies or frank meningitis. ...Read more

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I'm scared my sinus infection will spread to my brain! Please help me!?

I'm scared my sinus infection will spread to my brain! Please help me!?

Possible: Sphenoid sinusitis most likely to cause meningitis. It and frontal infections can also cause epidural and brain abscess. Ethmoid infections less likely but these can spread to orbit. Maxillary infections rarely spread. Adolescent males are at higher risk for spread of infection into brain. Worry if severe headache, fever, vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, . ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

How can I tell the difference between a brain abscess and sinus infection?

Neurological finding: The combination of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess. Neurologic findings include trouble walking, speaking, eating and swallowing, severe memory issues, confusion, seizures and many other symptoms. Sinus infections are very common and brain abscesses extremely rare. ...Read more

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When I cough, I get a sharp pain in the right side of my brain, the cough has been persistent for over 1 week. Had a bad sinus infection before then.

When I cough, I get a sharp pain in the right side of my brain, the cough has been persistent for over 1 week. Had a bad sinus infection before then.

Not really: You cannot have a pain in your brain because the brain is completely insensitive to pain. Sinuses are outside your skull; brain is inside. And there are no sinuses on the sides of your head. Whatever the pain is, it probably has nothing to do with either your brain or your sinuses. ...Read more

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Does my sinus infection reach my brain?

Does my sinus infection reach my brain?

No: If your sinus infection had somehow eroded through your skull and penetrated into your brain, you wouldn't be sitting at a keyboard looking at this screen. You'd be in the ICU or dead. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a sinus infection spreading to bone, brain, etc.?

What are symptoms of a sinus infection spreading to bone, brain, etc.?

Meningitis: Sinusitis spreading to brain is very serious. Severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, neurological symptoms. If you have this go immediately to hospital or doctor if it is daytime where you are at. ...Read more

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When to know when a sinus infection has spread to the eyes and brain?

When to know when a sinus infection has spread to the eyes and brain?

Bad news: The signs depends on which sinus cavity is involved. Earliest is proptosis (eye bulging forward), pain in or around the eye, double vision and then decreased vision. Frontal sinus can cause droopy eyelid as well. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between sinus pressure and pressure from a brain tumor?

How can you tell the difference between sinus pressure and pressure from a brain tumor?

Pain anxiety: Sinus pressure is felt as a tight squeeze and localized generally to the area of the sinus involved. Brain tumors generally don't hurt, but the symptoms are related to the area where the lesion is located. If tumor is in the back (occipital area) of the brain, symptoms may be perceived in the eye, for example. A good physical examination may be helpful in differentiating between the two. ...Read more

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I had an MRI done of my brain & the doctor just said it said I had sinus disease. Is that just a sinus infection?

I had an MRI done of my brain & the doctor just said it said I had sinus disease. Is that just a sinus infection?

Maybe: "sinus disease" is likely a catchall phrase. It would normally include chronic sinusitis, allergic sinusitis, sinus polyps and certainly bacterial or viral infection. If you are not symptomatic (pain, fever, greenish discharge) and you have allergies, this is all likely due to the allergies. If you have problems related to your sinuses then you might want to visit an ENT speicalist. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor be caused by brain infection?

Can a brain tumor be caused by brain infection?

No, not likely: Generally, brain tumors do not arise from brain infection (eg., meningitis, encephalitis, absess); however, a bacterial superinfection may rarely develop in a primary brain tumor. ...Read more

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Can a brain infection be caused by sinus infection?

Can a brain infection be caused by sinus infection?

Yes: Yes, but this not common. Evidence suggests the infection is not spread by direct extention but through the blood. Signs of brain infection include: unremitting fever, nausea, vomiting, and significant headache. In children, it is more common to have direct extension into the orbit. ...Read more

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Canal a sinus infection spread to your brain? If so what are the symptoms?

Canal a sinus infection spread to your brain? If so what are the symptoms?

Yes: A sinus infection can lead to infection inside the skull. Headache, visual problems, double vision, nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, fever, chills, confusion, sleepiness, tiredness, weakness in an arm or leg or face can occur. But it does not happen often. And viral sinusitis typically does not spread to the brain. ...Read more

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When after a sinus infection clears up will brain fog go away?

It depends: If you have treated infection but not obstruction it can be ongoing a long time.
If you have an anatomic issue or chronic allergy it could be months.
See your family doctor if it persists. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more