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Surgery helps chronic sinusitis sufferers get relief
Date:1/27/2010

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Adults with chronic rhinosinusitis a debilitating inflammation of the nasal passages that lasts for months and keeps coming back report significantly improved quality of life following minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, according to a new study led by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The results are published in the January issue of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

"This study demonstrates the real-world benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery for patients with chronic sinusitis. We now know that most patients who have this surgery experience an important and significant improvement in quality of life," said Timothy L. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., the study's principal investigator, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Oregon Sinus Center at OHSU.

"For about eight years I had chronic sinus infections, facial pain and headaches. We're talking really bad. I would be floored. I would lie on the couch and take antibiotics until the infection went away. Two months later, I'd do the same thing again," explained OHSU patient Vlasis Albanis, 56, of Lake Oswego. "My wife and kids would tell you that I was irritable and down and out. The surgery totally made a difference in my quality of life. I have had no repeated infections or sinus pain."

Some 30 million Americans experience the chronic congestion, drainage, fatigue, headache, pain, pressure and sneezing of chronic rhinosinusitis each year, with annual direct costs to society of $4.3 billion annually. They have lower quality of life scores than patients with congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or back pain. Standard sinusitis treatments, such as decongestants, pain relievers, heating pads, saline sprays and vaporizers, often do not help. As a result, some 500,000 surgical procedures are performed annually in an attempt to provide some measure of relief.
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Contact: Tamara Hargens-Bradley
hargenst@ohsu.edu
503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
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