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A sinus mucocele refers to a pocket or pockets of mucous that are trapped within one or more of the sinuses. Mucoceles usually occur in a specific part of the sinuses and are commonly a result of facial trauma or failed sinus surgery. Patients experiencing intermittent yellow nasal drainage or facial pressure in one part of the face, who have also had failed sinus surgery or have experienced facial trauma may be suffering from sinus mucoceles. 

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What Are Sinus Mucoceles?

Your sinuses are covered with a lining called mucosa, which is analogous to skin. During the opening of the sinuses during sinus surgery, some mucosa may get tapped beneath other mucosa, resulting in a mucocele. Similarly, if a patient experiences facial trauma with bony injury, this can also cause a trapping of the mucosa within the sinuses. The trapped mucosa continues to produce mucous, but because it is trapped, the collection of mucous enlarges, forming a mucocele. 

When mucoceles grow, they can cause patients to experience symptoms such as:

– One-sided facial pain or pressure
– Yellow drainage from one side of the nose
– Focal headaches on one side of the face
– Facial pressure that subsides with antibiotics, but returns after completed treatment

Why Choose Us?

At My Houston Surgeons, we are able to treat a variety of sinus problems. We can prescribe the right course of action and follow through with state of the art treatment plans for each person. Our office has the most current CT Scanning, cutting edge technology allowing for minimally-invasive, in-office procedures, as well as nationally recognized luxury recovery suites. Plus we have highly-trained, board-certified sinus surgeons to care for you every step of the way.


If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of sinus mucoceles, it is imperative that you consult a rhinologist immediately. One of our three board-certified sinus specialists can give you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan following a consultation. This is because your medical history. including history of prior sinus surgery or facial trauma, is helpful when establishing a diagnosis.

For some patients, oral antibiotics can treat their mucoceles. Other times, our surgeons will choose to further examine your problems with a CT Scan or endoscope. A majority of patients with these symptoms require minimal endoscopic surgery. The surgery drains the mucoceles and restores a normal sinus pathway. The quality of this procedure is extremely important, as it is a huge factor in the long term success of treatment.  

Quality Patient Care

My Houston Surgeons has a number of fellowship trained sinus specialists in their team, ready to treat conditions like sinusitis with the skill and finesse required. Our team is highly trained in a wide variety surgical treatments concerning sinus and nasal disorders, so you can rest assured that your treatment will be the one best suited for your health and full recovery.

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Sinus Blog Posts

Additionally, to learn more about sinus, read the following blogs. They provide surgery tips, reasons to finally book the procedure and also the most common medical conditions that a sinus surgeon can treat.

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