Navigation Links
Primary care doctors get little information about chronic sinusitis
Date:8/14/2010

Washington, DC -- Facial pain. Nasal congestion. Postnasal drip. Fatigue. These are hallmark signs of chronic sinusitis, a swelling of tissue in the nasal and sinus cavity. The illness strikes millions of Americans each year and is one of the top five reasons patients visit their primary care doctor. Treating sinusitis is difficult in part because it's often not known if the cause is viral or bacterial. Unfortunately little information on the subject is available to internists says a new study by a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) internist.

"Chronic sinusitis is an often debilitating illness with symptoms comparable to those of serious medical diseases," says Alexander C. Chester, M.D., a clinical professor at GUMC and practicing internist at Foxhall Internists based in Washington, DC.

Awareness of new developments and findings is crucial for physicians who care for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis or CRS, but Chester's new study finds such new information to be "scant and occasionally inaccurate." His findings are published online in the August issue of the Ear, Nose & Throat Journal.

Rhinosinusitis, also called sinusitis, is an inflammation or swelling of the lining in the sinus cavities. The sinuses are in the hollow spaces in the cheeks and around the eyes. The illness can come and go fast, or hang around for many weeks. It's estimated that more than one out of every 10 Americans presently suffer from it.

Chester says despite 15 years of advances about what is known of the illness, the information isn't making its way to internists because it is not been published in journals or other sources often reviewed by internists.

"Internists who rely on traditional sources of information provided to their specialty may conclude that CRS is not an illness that is often associated with significant morbidity and that endoscopic sinus surgery is not an effective treatment," says Chester. He adds that many internists are unaware that chronic sinusitis can cause serious chronic fatigue.

Traditional sources of information for internists include journals, textbooks, board preparation review material, and Internet databases. Much of this information is provided, directly or indirectly, by the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical specialty society.

Chester says if new information is more readily accessible, it would help physicians better treat their patients. He specifically sites the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery which has replaced older procedures as a safe and effective treatment for CRS that does not respond to medical therapy.

Chester concludes by encouraging "More studies, review articles, and evidence-based analyses need to be submitted for publication in general medical journals." He says papers on chronic sinusitis should be not be presented only at specialty meetings but also at general internal medicine meetings. Finally, Chester suggests establishing formal communication between appropriate otorhinolaryngologic societies and the American College of Physicians to facilitate the education of internists with regard to CRS.


'/>"/>

Contact: Karen Mallet
km463@georgetown.edu
215-514-9751
Georgetown University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Key Pillars of Patient Centered Medical Home Will Be Focus of March 30 Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Stakeholders Meeting
2. Residency match results not encouraging for adults needing primary care
3. Primary Care Physician Shortage: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Has the Solution
4. Thomas E. Mower Makes Generous Donations To Primary Children's Medical Center
5. Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals
6. Holistic Primary Care now Available at National Integrated Health Associates in Washington D.C.
7. Researchers define traits associated with prescription drug disorders in a primary care setting
8. Primary Care Docs Handling More HIV Cases
9. Physician assistants and internists reaffirm need for team-based primary care
10. Pivotal data for the investigational treatment PSD502 for primary premature ejaculation
11. ACP supports announcement of investments in expansion of primary care workforce
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Serenity Recovery, ... another video highlighting one of the many supplemental program options offered at their ... a 5 th Degree Black Belt in the Shorin-ryu style of Karate that ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... The Horizon Foundation for ... pilot initiative to improve oral health-related awareness, education, prevention and treatment for young ... providers and promote best practices in 10 New Jersey counties where dental health ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... New studies published today by the ... states. The outcomes examined in these studies include recovery of physical health and ... medical care. , “The goal of the studies is to provide information about ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Cheryl Bowker of Bowker ... bestow: the Dick McKenna Good Hands Legacy Award. McKenna ran one of Allstate’s most ... continues to inspire all those who knew him. The award named for him is ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... ... Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, introduces a ... wellness suites . The two 1,350 sq. ft. suites which debuted in late 2015 ... amenities, from a custom soap selection and in-suite exercise kit to a personal wellness ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 According ... Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022 ... Other), by Application (Drug Discovery and Development, Proteomics, ... (Pharmaceuticals, Life Science and Biotechnology, Academic and Research ... Research, the global mass spectrometry market ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... -- The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded the Intended Use ... aged 13 years, and above. Effective immediately, the PrePex device, ... adolescent males in the 14 priority countries in Southern and ... male circumcision device to receive WHO Prequalification on 31 May ... said: " The expanded use of PrePex for ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... UAE, May 23, 2016 Experts ... of Precision Medicine and the role of technology ...   The First International Conference of VPS-Penn Medicine ... distinguished patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al ... in Precision Medicine, which helps provide personalized medicine and tailor-made ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: