Paranasal Sinus Mucocele
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
New York Sinus & Thyroid Surgery Center – Edward J. Shin M.D.
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Paranasal Sinus Mucocele NYC

Sinus Cyst Surgery

Patients with paranasal sinus mucocele in NYC can undergo treatment with Dr. Edward Shin. Sinus mucoceles are cystic masses that can contribute to sinus-related disorders. Although paranasal cysts are benign (non-cancerous), they can still cause many unpleasant symptoms for patients. Sinus mucoceles can cause blockages in the sinus pathways, which can lead to inflammation, congestion, and sinus infections. Sinus mucocele treatment in NYC focuses on surgically removing the blockage to open up the sinus passages and resolve inflammation. Dr. Edward Shin is a leading sinus specialist with decades of experience treated sinus-related cysts and growths. Dr. Shin can perform paranasal sinus mucocele surgery in NYC to relieve symptoms and prevent future complications.

PARANASAL SINUS MUCOCELE OVERVIEW
BENIGN MUCOUS CYSTS FOUND IN THE PARANASAL SINUSES
MORE COMMON IN THE FRONTAL & ETHMOID SINUSES
TYPICALLY CAUSED BY A PRIOR SURGERY OR OBSTRUCTION OF THE SINUSES’ OUTFLOW TRACTS
CAN INTERFERE WITH PROPER SINUS DRAINAGE
MAY CONTRIBUTE TO CHRONIC SINUS INFECTIONS
COMMON SYMPTOMS INCLUDE HEAD PAIN, FACIAL TENDERNESS, & NASAL OBSTRUCTION
MAY GROW IN SIZE OVER TIME & COMPRESS LOCAL STRUCTURES
CAN EVOLVE INTO A MUCOPYOCELE (INFECTED MUCOCELE)
SURGICAL REMOVAL IS RECOMMENDED
Paranasal Sinus Mucocele Treatment

What Are Paranasal Sinus Mucoceles?

Sinus mucoceles are mucus-filled cysts found in the paranasal sinuses (typically the frontal and ethmoid sinuses). These cysts are non-cancerous, but they can cause many different symptoms for patients. Paranasal mucoceles can interfere with the sinuses’ ability to function properly. Your sinuses produce mucus to moisten and protect the nose from pollutants and irritants; this mucus then drains out of the sinuses and down the throat. Sinus mucoceles block mucus from draining through the sinus pathways, which results in a backup of mucus in the sinus cavity. Fluid buildups in the sinuses can lead to reoccurring sinus infections and inflammation.

Sinus mucoceles expand over time. As they grow in size, they can begin to compress local structures around the sinuses and may even contribute to bone erosion. If left untreated, a sinus mucocele may evolve into an infected mucocele (known as a mucopyocele). As a result, it is recommended that paranasal sinus mucoceles be surgically removed to prevent further complications.

What Causes Paranasal Sinus Mucoceles?

Sinus cysts are typically caused by an obstruction of the sinuses’ outflow tracts. A blockage of the sinus pathways can result in a buildup of mucus which can form a mucocele. In many cases, sinus mucoceles occur due to a prior sinus surgery. Paranasal cysts can also form as a result of post-inflammatory complications following allergies, infections, and chronic inflammatory-conditions.

What Are The Symptoms Of Paranasal Sinus Cysts?

Smaller sinus mucoceles may have no symptoms at all. As they grow in size, however, they can begin to cause noticeable symptoms like headaches, facial tenderness, nasal obstruction, and reoccurring sinus infections. Infections can then lead to congestion, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, coughing, and fever. Chronic sinus infections can be caused by a variety of different sinus disorders, so it is important to be examined by a sinus specialist to determine the nature of your condition. Typically, paranasal sinus mucoceles can be seen on an MRI or CT scan. Dr. Shin can evaluate you during an in-person consultation to diagnose the underlying cause(s) of your symptoms.

PARANASAL SINUS MUCOCELE SYMPTOMS
REOCCURRING SINUS INFECTIONS
HEADACHES
FACIAL PRESSURE OR DISCOMFORT
NASAL OBSTRUCTION
CONGESTION
NASAL DISCHARGE (MAY BE THICK OR DISCOLORED)
POST-NASAL DRIP
COUGHING THAT GETS WORSE AT NIGHT
FEVER
PUFFY OR WATERY EYES
LOSS OF SMELL OR TASTE
PAIN AROUND THE UPPER TEETH

How Are Paranasal Mucoceles Treated?

Surgical removal is typically the ideal treatment option for sinus mucoceles. Non-invasive treatments can help alleviate and manage symptoms caused by reoccurring sinus infections. Dr. Shin may recommend nasal sprays and rinses to help clean out the nasal passages. Decongestants can open up airflow through the nose and relieve congestion. Nasal or oral corticosteroids can reduce inflammation. If your symptoms are caused by a bacterial sinus infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the infection.

Treatment For Paranasal Sinus Mucoceles

What Can I Expect During Sinus Mucocele Surgery?

Sinus cyst surgery is designed to restore proper sinus drainage by removing the mucocele(s) causing the obstruction. General anesthesia is administered in preparation for sinus cyst removal. The endoscopic surgery technique is typically used to remove sinus mucoceles. During this procedure, our sinus surgeon will insert an endoscope into the nasal cavity. The endoscope transmits digital images of the nasal passages and sinus pathways using fiber optic technology; this allows for greater precision when performing sinus cyst removal. Learn more about endoscopic sinus surgery by clicking here.

Paranasal mucocele surgery is aimed at creating an open drainage port so mucus can drain from the sinus cavity. The mucocele will be surgically removed to clear the blockage. Excess mucus can also be flushed out from the sinuses to clear any buildups and limit the chance of future sinus infections.

What Can I Expect Following Sinus Cyst Surgery?

Patients can expect moderate congestion for 1-3 weeks following sinus cyst removal. You may require a nasal drip pad for the first few days of recovery to catch any light bleeding that may occur. Pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. You may experience some numbness in the upper teeth.

You should try to avoid blowing your nose as much as possible (light nose blowing is permitted to relieve pressure). Patients should avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and bending down until permitted by our sinus surgeon. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor healing. Dr. Shin can discuss post-care instructions and answer any questions you may have.

How Do I Learn More About Paranasal Sinus Mucocele Treatment In NYC?

Our sinus surgeon in NYC would be happy to discuss paranasal sinus mucoceles and treatments in more detail with you. To schedule a consultation, please call 646.943.7985 or request an appointment online at our NYC office.

WHAT PATIENTS SAY ABOUT DR. SHIN

Edward J. Shin, M.D.

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985

New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai

NEW YORK SINUS & THYROID SURGERY CENTER

310 E. 14TH STREET
6TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10003

646.943.7985