Why does my CT scan report show lumps on the left side of my throat and gums?

Q. What does my CT scan report suggest about the lumps on the left side of my gums and throat?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Shoyab
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 02, 2022 and last reviewed on: May 16, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had a CT scan done and I have not yet received the reports. I have received the images of the reports, but the left side looks different from the right side. I had the third infection of COVID-19, nasal problems, and headaches for three months. I also have a lump on the left side of my gums and throat. My dentist said it was a chronic infection, but they have not seen this CT scan. I have had two antibiotics for the lumps in my gums, and there has been no improvement because the lumps are getting bigger. In addition, my RBC count is low, and I have an infection in my kidneys.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have reviewed the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There is nothing to be worried about. I request you upload more images related to your condition.

Regarding follow up:

I request you to upload more images.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

This is the CT (computed tomography) sinus scan. I have had long COVID - 19 headaches constantly and inflammation in the brain and sinuses.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Thanks for uploading the full image set (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I have evaluated them completely and summarise that at present, you have right-sided maxillary sinusitis, left maxillary polyp, and hyperpneumatization of paranasal sinuses. Beginning with hyperpneumatization, it is actually a variant of the normal development process, where the formation of air cells extends further than usual. In your case, there is pneumatization extends into the petrous apices on both sides, the root of the pterygoid process on the left side, as well as into the occipital clivus. Hyperpneumatisation is not a disease by itself, but it can predispose to sinus diseases like sinusitis (or, in some cases, cancer). However, at present, you just got sinusitis, which is seen as a fluid collection in the right maxillary sinus. Other than that, there is a small polyp at the left maxillary opening, which may block the opening and produce headaches also. I do not think any of these findings are related to COVID -19, but perhaps the headache and nasal blockage are aggravated during COVID infection (but not that COVID has produced the polyp or the sinusitis). So, at this stage, I think you can follow the advice of your GP or ENT specialist regarding the management of the sinusitis and the polyp.

Regarding follow up:


Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

The CT sinuses report, which was very good and made a lot of sense due to the headaches. I also have lumps on my left maxillary molar, and you said I have a small polyp at the left maxillary opening. You are very accurate, and I believe the chronic infection lumps in my left maxillary molar are connected to the polyp. I have had an X-ray done, and apparently, I left-leaning from the bottom of my spine up to my head through my neck. I will see the ENT specialist as you told me to. I have a new query. I have attached my CT angiogram. I have had heart pain on the left side. I would like you to take a look at this; I find it interesting you said I have hyperpneumatisation. I have had an X-ray done, and apparently, I have left-leaning from the bottom of my spine right up to my head through my neck.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is nice to hear that you found benefit from my previous reply.

Regarding your new query, I find no thrombosis in your pulmonary angiogram up to segmental arteries. Nor is there any haziness or consolidation in the lung parenchyma, which means there is no subtle abnormality either. So, that means that your chest pain is not due to lung disease. However, the evaluation would have been more accurate if I could get a coronal reconstruction of the images with maximum intensity projection (MIP). Regarding what you mentioned about spinal curvature, I perceive it is not causing you any significant problems, and there is no identifiable abnormality on the images.

I hope your queries have been clarified. Best wishes.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
What causes lumps under jaw, ear, and neck?

.. read your query carefully as you told that you have movable fingertip-sized lumps and it does not cause pain, please do not worry about that. It does not look like a serious matter although if you want to be 100 % sure then you should go for a test cal   Read full

Breast Lump - Causes, Types, Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment

.. a soft tissue mass and non-cancerous. It varies in size and texture. A breast lump can be found by women by self-examination or by health care providers during a self-examination .. ...   Read full

Neck Lumps

.. a complicated structure as nerves, and blood vessels from our brain to the remaining parts of the body travel through this constricted space .. ...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

PCOS and Liver Problems
The hormonal imbalances in polycystic ovary syndrome could cause liver diseases. Read the article to know the relationship between these medical conditions.  Read more»
Inferior Alveolar Nerve Lateralization Technique
The inferior alveolar nerve lateralization technique is a surgical lateralization technique to reposition the nerve. Read the article to know more about this.  Read more»
COVID-19 and Ebola: Similarities and Differences
This article gives a comparison and broader overview of the outbreak of the two deadliest diseases that showed a greater incidence over the last two decades.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Radiologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.