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Doctor insights on: Sphenoid Sinus Disease

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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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?

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 more

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What is the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease?

What is the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease?

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

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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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Please help! what is the the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease ?

Please help! what is the the treatment for sphenoid sinus disease ?

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

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MRI says, minor mucosal disease in the sphenoid sinus. Minor sphenoid sinus mucosal thickening. Should I be concerned?

MRI says, minor mucosal disease in the sphenoid sinus. Minor sphenoid sinus mucosal thickening. Should I be concerned?

Usually no: Mild mucosal thickening in the sinuses is commonly seen on MRI. It can be the result of allergies. Fluid in the sinuses is more concerning as it can indicate infection (sinusitis) ...Read more

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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?

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?

Perhaps: If the sinusitis failed to clear after a 3-week course of abx and at least a week of oral steroid, surgery may be the only option especially when obstruction of drainage is noted. ...Read more

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Can ethmoid and sphenoid sinus diesease be cured with medication?

Can ethmoid and sphenoid sinus diesease be cured with medication?

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

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

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 is opafication of sphenoid sinus?

What is opafication of sphenoid sinus?

Blocked sinus: Could have new or old sinus congestion, and may be indicative of an infection. See you doctor, and decide on potential antibiotics. ...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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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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How should a sphenoid sinus polyp be treated?

How should a sphenoid sinus polyp be treated?

Leave it alone: Usually a polyp in the sinus that isn't causing symptoms is left alone and doesn't require Rx. ...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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Are there symptoms or health problems when you have agenesis of the sphenoid sinus?

 Are there symptoms or health problems when you have agenesis of the sphenoid sinus?

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