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Sphenoid Sinus Disease
I had an MRI done to find pinched nerves in my neck. The MRI showed sphenoid sinus disease & circumferential mucousal thickening sphenoid sinus. Is this something serious that needs immediate attention? They did find the pinched nerves also.
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
Looking for info on sphenoid sinus disease/surgery for 8 yr old. Ped ENT observed for 1 yr & has worsened, now surgery. How rare is this procedure?
It depends: Sphenoid sinus disease that causes symptoms such as headaches should be operated on if it does not respond to antibiotics. If there are no symptoms, it probably isn't necessary to do surgery unless the doctor is concerned that there is a mass in the sinus, instead of just swelling or infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely Surgery: When an acute inflammatory response occurs in the sphenoid sinus, the result is sphenoid sinusitis . It is rare -- chronic sphenoid sinusitis is more common -- . Early diagnosis and treatment are essential, because the disease can be rapidly progressive and cause complications to vascular, neurologic, and optic structures can be devastating. It may rarely need surgery. ...Read more
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
Depends on symptoms: If you are referring to sinusitis, or inflammation of the mucosa or tissue lining the sinus, treatment is usually with medications. Your doctor can determine whether there is more going on, decide whether antibiotics or steroids would help. An ENT surgeon can be involved if the condition is too severe to respond to medications. ...Read more
MRI says, minor mucosal disease in the sphenoid sinus. Minor sphenoid sinus mucosal thickening. Should I be concerned?
Mri for dizziness and foggy feeling shows, minor mucosal disease in sphenoid sinus. Minor sphenoid mucosal thickening. What does this mean ? Thank you
CT says "Frothy secretion is present which is not layering dependently in the right sphenoid sinus. The appearance would be more consistent with sinus disease than blood products. What does this mean?
My CT scan showed sphenoid and ethmoid chronic sinus disease. As well as a deviated septum with spurring. Will I need surgery to cure this?
Depends: Its sounds although you have intractable sinus disease. Given your prior hx: bilateral medial turbinectomies. Resection of medial walls , of both maxillary sinuses, and a partial ethmoidectony; you might need surgical intervention but i would ask your physician. ...Read more
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
If the sphenoid sinus is opacifying increasingly on an interval, can it ever go away and become clear on its own?
Bad headaches: Plus upper respiratory congestion.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
It is so rare: I think it would be difficult to say. My guess is that you were having a CT scan or MRI for some facial or sinus symptoms and this was incidentally reported. It would have been present your whole life...it is the result of lack of development in the embryo/fetus. Reportedly it occurs in only 0.026% of people..too few to study. The presence of this shouldn't impact your evaluation or treatment. ...Read more
It means you have a: sinus infection. You need antibiotics. see your Dr. ...Read more