How do obstructed sinuses lead to sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Hypoxia within the obstructed sinus is thought to cause ciliary dysfunction and alterations in mucus production, further impairing the normal mechanism for mucus clearance.


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