Bony Sinus Tumor Removed Without a Single Cut


Mary Neal French went in for surgery to remove a bony tumor from her sinus last September and woke up to find the tumor gone. But her surgeon didn’t have to make a single cut.

French said she began having headaches with a lot of pressure in July. She believed it was a sinus infection but found it odd because she had never had a sinus infection, and it was not the typical time of year most people experienced sinus infections.

French’s primary care physician found through a CT scan of her sinuses that she had a bony growth on her left frontal sinus, and said an otolaryngologist would have to remove the tumor surgically. She eventually was recommended to Alissa Kanaan, M.D., an assistant professor and director of the Rhinology Division in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

“I knew it would have to be surgically removed. But I was shocked when I found out how they would have to do it.”

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