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Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Can paranasal sinus disease cause the loss of smell and taste?

Yes, but: Moderate to severe paranasal sinus conditions certainly can cause changes in both senses. Fortunately, if treated effectively - often even only improved - they also improve or return. This can be a painful chronic condition that eludes treatment efforts - or it can be an acute, treatable thing. See an ENT for dx/planning/suggestions. It might help. Best wishes! ...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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What are the tests for paranasal sinus cancer?

What are the tests for paranasal sinus cancer?

Biopsy to prove: And ct is better to assess bony involvement; and mr for soft tisse extent. Bone scans and chest ct's look for spread. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of paranasal sinus cancer?

What are the common symptoms of paranasal sinus cancer?

Nasal symptoms: This growth in the nose cavity can cause obstruction on one side, bleeding, pain and swelling of the face. If delayed it might cause swelling of the lymph nodes, and infectious signs from the nose. See your otolaryngologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for paranasal sinus cancer?

What is the treatment for paranasal sinus cancer?

Tough anatomy to: Cure with surgery without defects, but it's standard. Combined chemoradiotherapy may be used. ...Read more

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Plz explain.minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes.mildly increased ethmoid air cells.no acute sinusitis or osseous changes .

Plz explain.minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes.mildly increased ethmoid air cells.no acute sinusitis or osseous changes .

Sinusitis: It usually means that you a lingering mild chronic inflammation in your sinuses often associated with allergies. It usually is self limiting but if you are having bothersome symptoms would try a nasal spray such as Flonase ...Read more

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My mother has paranasal sinus cancer. Should I be worried for what this means?

Sure, but wait: Sinuses are mysteries to people but they are hollow cavities that add to voice quality, but when inflamed, can cause bleeding, drainage, infectiojn, and unusually cancer:frontal, ethmoid, spenoid and maxillary describe locations. The neighboring things are sensitive and important: brain, eyes, ability to smell and taste. Some can be cured, other can be relieved. But it isn't simple. See ent/radonc. ...Read more

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Sphenoid/paranasal/maxillary sinus-mild inflammatory mucosal thickening. Poly in maxillry sinus. What does it mean? On biaxin for 14 days.

Sphenoid/paranasal/maxillary sinus-mild inflammatory mucosal thickening. Poly in maxillry sinus.  What does it mean?  On biaxin for 14 days.

Sinusitis: What it means is that you have sinus inflammation. It sounds as if you have had a cat scan. My personal feeling is that biaxin is not my drug of choice. If you are asymptomatic, steroids might help to resolve the inflammation which is your immune system trying to cure the virus or allergen that might be causing the sinusitis. If you are asymptomatic, you do not need treatment. ...Read more

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Ct results: minor mucosal changes in the paranasal sinuses seen in the maxillary sinus regions with mucous retention cysts. Possible cause?

Not to worry: I see a fair proportion of my patients demonstrating these in their sinuses as an incidental finding on ct scan. They very rarely require any sort of surgical intervention and should be differentiated from a mucocele (which are different. Allergies, sinusitis, mucosal irritation lead to these fluid filled "sacs". ...Read more

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