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What Is Sphenoiditis?

Description of the disease

Sphenoiditis is an inflammatory process that affects the sphenoidal sinus, which is located at the base of the skull. It is a rare condition, but can lead to serious complications if not detected and treated in a timely manner.


  • Acute sphenoiditis
  • Chronic sphenoiditis


  • Headache in the forehead and eye area
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Fever
  • Facial swelling


Sphenoiditis can result from infection, allergic reaction, trauma, or impaired drainage of mucus from the sphenoidal sinus.


To establish the diagnosis of sphenoiditis, the doctor conducts an examination, prescribes a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, and X-ray examination.


Treatment of sphenoiditis includes taking antibiotics, using local anti-inflammatory agents, and sometimes surgical intervention may be required to remove the focus of inflammation.


For the prevention of sphenoiditis, it is important to maintain immunity, avoid head injuries, and promptly treat the flu, colds, and other respiratory infections.


The doctor who diagnoses and treats sphenoiditis is an otolaryngologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.