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Sinus Tumors


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Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue. Tumors found within the nose and sinuses can cause blockages, leading to:

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nasal bleeding
  • Numbness of the face
  • Repeated sinus infections
  • Visual changes

Tumors can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). How these tumors are treated depends upon what specific type of tumor it is.

Benign sinus tumors
Benign (noncancerous) tumors are typically not life threatening; however, they can cause blocked sinuses as well as affect the vision if they are large enough and extend into the orbit (neighboring eye socket). They can also extend into the brain cavity through the skull base bone.

Examples of benign tumors include: osteoma, inverted papilloma, neuroma, schwannoma, juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma, hemangioma, fibrous dysplasia, hamartoma, and adenoma.

Malignant sinus tumors
Sinus tumors that are malignant (cancerous) can cause the symptoms listed above. Cancerous tumors are more likely to spread to the lymph nodes of the neck, lung, or brain. Unlike benign tumors, cancerous tumors need to be treated more aggressively and quickly. Typically, these tumors require surgery, as well as radiation or chemotherapy. The treatment you will need depends on the particular tumor, its size, and location. Our team will personalize a treatment plan to your condition and needs.

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Highly specialized rhinology doctors. The experts at University of Miami Health System are here to help you breathe easier, smell better, and rest better with an accurate diagnosis and leading edge treatments, in a compassionate setting. Our fellowship-trained providers specialize in the nasal airway, and our rhinology specialists have completed specialized training in nasal and sinus disorders. They have dedicated their clinical and research careers to caring for nasal and sinus disorders.

Academic health center provides you with more treatment options. Our ENT specialists are experts in the field of rhinology. As part of an academic health center, we are proud to offer breakthrough treatments not available to other facilities in South Florida. We also offer our patients early access to clinical trials and new medical and procedural treatments. We provide comprehensive care for a wide array of rhinologic conditions, backed by expertise, research, and education.

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  • Surgery

    Your ENT specialist may recommend endoscopic surgery to remove the sinus tumor. During this procedure, your surgeon will insert a thin, flexible or rigid endoscope with a tiny camera attached to a specialized high definition monitor to view the surgery.

    Your surgeon will use various instruments to safely and completely remove the tumor through the nose without needing to make incisions on your face. The surgeon may use computer navigation during surgery to assist in the complete removal of the tumor, while avoiding any damage to any normal neurovascular structure.

  • Radiation or chemotherapy

    Your ENT specialist may recommend you undergo radiation therapy or chemotherapy depending on the type of malignant tumor. Many tumors require complete surgical removal plus radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to give you the very best chance of long-term survival, free of any recurrent tumor.

  • Ongoing visits

    Your ENT surgeon will request that you return for periodic follow-up visits, in which he or she will perform nasal endoscopic exams to make sure you continue to be free of tumor. You may also need to have additional computerized tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to determine if the tumor has come back (recurred).


  • Imaging

    Images obtained from computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help your doctor see details of your sinuses and nasal passages, in areas not seen by the nasal endoscopy on routine follow-up exam in the office. The CT and MRI scans help us understand how big the tumor is, its exact location within the nose and sinuses, and the type of tumor it may be. We also use imaging to check for any recurrent tumor if you have already been treated.

  • Nasal endoscopy

    Your ENT doctor will insert a thin, flexible or rigid endoscope with a tiny camera attached to a specialized high definition monitor to view the inside of the nose. This procedures helps your specialist determine the complexity of the tumor, as well as allows for sampling of the tumor for a biopsy and identification by our superb group of subspecialty trained head and neck pathologists.

  • Biopsy

    A pathologist will typically have to look under a microscope at a sample of the tumor to tell what type of tumor it is. This is important since tumors are treated in many different ways. Our pathologists subspecialize by the types of tumors. We have some of the best head and neck tumor pathologists in the country. They are a critical part of our team.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care