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Sinusitis, Sinus Disorders, and Sinus Surgery
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Raj Sindwani, MD.

  • Section Head of Rhinology
  • Head & Neck Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Each of us has four paired cavities (spaces) in our head that are connected to the nose by narrow channels. These cavities, known as sinuses, produce thin mucus that drains out of the channels of the nose. This drainage helps keep the nose clean and free of particles and bacteria.
Normally, sinuses are filled with air. But when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria can grow and cause an infection (bacterial sinusitis).

Conditions that cause sinus blockage include:
•The common cold
•Allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose due to allergies)
•Nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose), or
•A deviated septum (the wall between the left and right nostril is crooked).

Allergies, such as hay fever, can also cause swelling and poor drainage of the sinuses.

Join Raj Sindwani, MD, Section Head of Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base in Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute for a free online web chat. Dr. Sindwani will answer your questions about sinusitis, sinus disorders and sinus surgery.

About the Speaker
Raj Sindwani, MD, is Section Head of Rhinology for Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute. He specializes in sinus disorders, skull base surgery for tumors and cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and endoscopic orbital surgery for Grave’s disease and blocked tear ducts. Dr. Sindwani is one of the most experienced rhinologists in the state, and one of only a few fellowship-trained rhinologists, having obtained subspecialized fellowship training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.

Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute is one of the most distinguished otolaryngology medical centers in the country, ranked annually among the best otolaryngology services in America in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey. The multi-specialty institute is made up of more than 40 staff physicians practicing several highly specialized tertiary care services including Hearing and Speech, Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngotracheal Reconstruction, Nasal and Sinus Disorders, Otology-Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology and Vestibular and Balance Disorders.

Nasal and Sinus Disorders
Nasal and sinus disease is very common in Northeast Ohio, creating a large patient volume for this section. Patients are evaluated by appropriate clinical and radiographic workup, including endoscopy, CT scanning and allergy assessment, then offered medical and/or surgical therapy. Residents learn functional endoscopic sinus surgery as well as other, more traditional techniques in managing these patients.

The section also is committed to managing snoring and sleeping disorders associated with obstruction of the upper airway.

To make an appointment with Dr. Sindwani or any of the other specialists in Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, please call 216.444.8500 , toll-free at 800.223.2273 (extension 48500) or visit us at clevelandclinic.org/headandneck for more information.

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