Sinusitis Sinusitis affects 31 million Americans annually. Chronic sinusitis is defined as unrelenting symptoms >12 weeks in duration. Major Symptoms Nasal / Post-nasal drainage* Facial pain / pressure* Nasal obstruction / congestion* Hyposmia / anosmia Cough not due to asthma (in children) *most common symptoms Minor Symptoms Fever Cough Fatigue Maxillary dental pain Ear fullness/pressure Headache
Nasal Saline Irrigation Moisturizes the nasal passage Improves the functioning of nasal and sinus lining Helps wash and remove inhaled allergens and irritants
Indications for Surgery Chronic sinusitis, >12 weeks duration –Symptomatic –Unresponsive to medical therapy Recurrent acute sinusitis? Sinus tumors/masses/polyps GOAL: to relieve blockage of sinuses to establish better drainage. Medical treatment, especially for allergies, may still be required after surgery.
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