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What does my MRI indicate for head, back, and neck pain?

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Published At October 15, 2019
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am having pressure pain in the head, sometimes back and neck pain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings says right maxillary sinus retention cyst, also, mild chronic sinus inflammatory changes are noted. What does that mean?


Welcome to icliniq.com. It means that you had mild sinusitis (sinus infection) for a long time. The changes are prominent at the maxillary sinus. The maxillary sinus is an air-filled bony space below the eye and front part of the cheek. Retention cyst means that due to the long-standing infection, the secretions from the mucosal lining of air-filled bone space have been collected and formed a fluid-filled bubble-like structure. If you have some symptoms, it needs to be treated. If you do not have any symptoms, you can forget this findings.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru
Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru


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