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

In this study, Smith and colleagues aimed to evaluate how many patients with chronic rhinosinusitis experienced significant improvement in their quality of life following endoscopic surgery. Using validated, sinusitis-specific diagnostic measurements and tools, they also hoped to be able to better predict which patients would most benefit from surgery.

A total of 302 adults with chronic rhinosinusitis were enrolled in the multi-site study between July 2004 and December 2008 and were followed for 18 months post-surgery. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found up to 76 percent of participants experienced improved quality of life after endoscopic sinus surgery, including less bodily pain and better social functioning.

Although previous research showed patients undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery experienced improved quality of life following surgery, those studies were limited to patient history rather than present condition and didn't follow patients into the future post-surgery. Past studies also did not employ state-of-the-art, sinusitis-specific quality of life measurements and tools, and were largely single-institution results with limited sample sizes.

Endoscopic sinus surgery involves inserting an endoscope, a thin lighted tube that allows clinicians to view the openings to the sinuses, and surgical instruments into the nose to remove abnormal or obstructive tissues. Because the surgery does not require an incision, it is often performed on an outpatient basis, so most people can go home the same day.


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Contact: Tamara Hargens-Bradley
hargenst@ohsu.edu
503-494-8231
Oregon Health & Science University
Source:Eurekalert

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