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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Maxillary Sinus Cyst/Sinus Pain

05/24/2010

Question:

I had a hysterectomy about 8 months ago and my ovaries were removed. My sinuses have been acting up since my surgery and I am beginning to believe that the loss of estrogen has affected my sinuses. A MRI showed some mucuosal thickening and a small left maxillary cyst (this cyst was also present on a past MRI done the previous year). I recently discovered a small bump way above my gumline over the 4th tooth back from left front tooth. Is this the sinus cyst I`m feeling? Also, my right sinuses weren`t mentioned on the MRI but I have pain and pressure mostly behind my right eye and to the right side of my nose. No discharge, no fever. Just pain and post-nasal drip. Would a cat scan be a better test for me?

Answer:

The cyst probably is not causing your symptoms. The issue probably is the mucosal thickening. A CT of the sinuses would give us better information.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati