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Severe headaches. MRI shows abnormal signal in left petrous apex which represents trapped secretion. Safe to fly?

My 15 year old daughter has had headaches everyday since November. They are along her eyebrow region. Her MRI stated. There is abnormal signal within the left petrous apex, which likely represents trapped secretion . She saw a Neuro surgeon who just said she wasn t surgical and referred her on, but we can t get an appointment anytime soon. Is this dangerous? We are due to fly in a week, will the pressure make things worse?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Radiologist 's  Response
May 2014
Thanks for writing in.

Your daughter aged 15 years, is suffering from a mastoiditis. This is a chronic infective condition affecting the petrous part of temporal bone. She is lucky not to have any involvement into the brain.

This problem can usually be treated with medications and may need a complete ear examination.

Coming to your journey by flight, she will not experience any adverse problem during flight. However slight pain may be there due to cabin pressure variations in flight. This is an acceptable situation.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 1 Aug 2013
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