What is this Mass in my Sinus Cavity?

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The most commonly present mass in the sinus cavity is usually a tumor which is benign in nature but sometimes a malignant tumor may also be present. There are many lesions which may cause the patient to present symptoms like those of tumors so it is very important that any lesion affecting the sinus cavity is diagnosed as early as possible so that it can be treated without the possibility of any damage to the surrounding structures. The presence of a mass in the sinus cavity can lead to a variety of other problems due to which many times the patient does not relate these problems to the presence of a mass.

There are various symptoms associated with the presence of a mass in the sinus cavity which are listed below and you would do well to know some of these:-

  1. The presence of nasal discharge is a very common complaint by people who do not give much thought to it.
  2. Nasal bleeding or epistaxis.
  3. Headaches or bouts of dizziness.
  4. Diplopia or blurred vision.

These symptoms are not taken seriously by most people and many a times this leads to further complications as the tumor keeps progressing and if it is a malignant tumor then by the time the tumor is diagnosed then treatment may become very difficult. In case early diagnosis is established then a proper treatment plan can be devised according to which the patient is provided relief. As soon as the presence of a mass is confirmed the patient is asked to undergo a biopsy or removal of a piece of tissue to check whether the mass found is benign or malignant. There are other diagnostic aids that may be used such as MRI and a few latest scanning methods that can help a doctor arrive at the diagnosis.

There are a few tumor masses about which information has been provided below such as:-

  1. Inverting papilloma- This is a benign lesion and there are no dangers of the tumor spreading to other parts of the body and affecting them. As such surgical removal is usually advised to the patient. The treatment of choice is removal of the tumor along with a part of the maxilla. But if the tumor size is small then it can be removed via the nostrils also. Endoscopes are used to visualize the tumor and chalk out the treatment plan.
  2. Malignant tumors such as Esthesioneuroblastoma- the treatment plan has to be worked around a bit when it comes to the malignant tumor as surgical excision or removal of the tumor may not be enough to eradicate the tumor completely. Along with removal chemotherapy is also advised as many of these tumors can spread to other surrounding parts. Malignant tumors are aggressive in nature and once the tumor mass has spread to other vital organs such as the liver or the lungs then the patient may complain of the other symptoms such as generalized weakness, anemia, stomach problems and many other issues.

If the tumor size is large then after removal of the bone the patient needs to undergo surgery to repair the area that has been denuded by the loss of the bone overlying it. So the entire treatment plan needs to be well-coordinated and worked out to ensure minimal loss of function and esthetics. After reading this article am sure you must have gained some useful insight into the presence of a mass in the sinus cavity and if you are suffering from any of the problems that are mentioned above then do not take them lightly and try and visit your physician or a specialist as soon as you can.

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