What is the role of sinus mucoceles in the etiology of facial pain and headache?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Sinus mucoceles (mucus-retention cysts) are chronic, slow-growing, cystic lesions. Mucoceles can be a source of pain when they are large enough to cause pressure against the bony walls of the sinus. Maxillary mucocele can cause sinusitis through ostiomeatal obstruction. Frontoethmoidal mucocele is the most clinically significant and can cause frontal headache and orbital pain. Sphenoethmoidal mucocele can cause occipital, vertex, or deep nasal pain. Treatment consists of endoscopic surgical removal or marsupialization. [16]


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