What does air-fluid levels in sinuses mean?

Air-fluid levels and complete opacification are more specific for sinusitis, but they are seen in only 60% of sinusitis cases. Air-fluid levels, as shown in the image below, generally indicate bacterial sinusitis. Air-fluid level (arrow) in the maxillary sinus suggests sinusitis.

What is the meaning of Sinusite?

(SINE-yoo-SY-tis) A condition in which the tissue lining the sinuses (small hollow spaces in the bones around the nose) becomes swollen or inflamed. The sinuses are lined with cells that make mucous. Sinusitis can occur when too much mucous builds up in the sinuses or their openings become blocked.

How is sinusitis detected?

Tests for Sinusitis. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms, and then they’ll look inside your nose. They may start out with an otoscope, an instrument that helps doctors examine the ear and nose. Signs of swelling, congestion, and infection may be obvious, and you may learn right away that it’s sinusitis.

What are the limitations of radiography in the diagnosis of sinusitis?

Opacification of the sinuses and gas-fluid level best seen in the maxillary sinus. It does not allow assessment of the extent of the inflammation and its complications. Ethmoidal and sphenoidal sinuses are difficult to assess on plain radiography.

Which imaging findings are characteristic of sinusitis (sinus infection)?

A gas-fluid level is the most typical imaging finding. However, it is only present in 25-50% of patients with acute sinusitis 4. Opacification of the sinuses and gas-fluid level best seen in the maxillary sinus.

What is sinusitis?

SinusitisĀ is a broad and non-specific term referring to the inflammation within the paranasal sinuses. There are several forms which are specific entities based on etiology and clinical features, and hence covered individually: acute sinusitis

What is the role of sonography in the workup of sinusitis?

The maxillary teeth should also be assessed as around 20% of maxillary sinus infections are odontogenic 11. Although not the primary mode of investigation, sonography may be used to screen for maxillary sinusitis; the perturbation of the normal air/fluid ratio in sinusitis alters the acoustic impedance of the usually aerated space.