Dr. Shawn Ciecko MD talks about the development of three sinuses in the human body. He also talks about why we have sinuses.
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Male: Sinusitis, first of all young babies, are they born with sinuses? Male: They’re born with sinuses. However, the sinuses develop over time. And depending on which sinus you’re speaking about, they develop at different rates. Male: —like Male: Very small, very, very small sizes. Male: And there are three sets of sinuses? Male: There are a few sets. There are the maxillary sinuses which are— Male: — Male: Sure will. The maxillary sinuses, which are the cheek sinuses, which are located in the region. The ethmoid sinuses, which are the sinuses between the eyes. There’s the frontal sinuses which encompass the area of the forehead. And then there’s one more called the sphenoid sinus, which is actually way in the back of the nose, sort of under the brain. Male: Why do we have sinuses? Male: It’s a very good question. It’s a hotly debated topic. And if you open an ENT textbook, you’d find various hypothesis, but you don’t really know. Some people think it has to do with balance as we’re evolving. And other people think it has to do with resonance in our body when we speak. And we don’t honestly know. The inside of the nose is our main humidification system and we know that’s very important for humidification. The sinuses are a bit of an enigma.

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