One maxillary sinus completely blocked

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Hello, I had a head CT scan which was prompted by a one-time-only severe headache. The only anomaly seen in the scan was that my right maxillary sinus is completely blocked, apparently with solid material. I was referred to an ENT specialist but at my appointment he hadn't seen my images. He put me on antibiotics and will see me in two weeks, meanwhile I obtained a CD of my scan to show him.

I'm sure he will know how to address this, but I'd like to know in advance how this problem is usually treated. The ENT doctor mentioned surgery so I'd like to be as informed as I can. Does anyone here have any insight/experience with a blocked maxillary sinus?



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    One of mine was completely blocked and the other partially blocked. My ENT surgeon performed FESS type of surgery bilaterally, both sides. He created an opening on the totally blocked side and then enlarged it on the other. He cleaned out the debris and infection etc that was present. The OP took about 1.5hrs or so.

    IIRC my CT scan looked like yours, except both of mine being blocked, and on one side you could see tiny air bubbles, indicating ongoing infection.

    I'm about 4 months or so post op now.

    The surgery has given me "functional" maxillary sinus surgery, doesn't mean that I'm free of sinus issues, having issues now, but at least the drainage of both the maxillary sinuses is very much improved.

    I still irrigate each day.

    As you mention your surgeon will talk you through the specifics for you, best of luck.

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