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Sinus surgery curbs worst symptoms.

CHICAGO -- Patients who underwent surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis showed significant improvement in their most severe clinical symptoms, wrote Dr. Francis T.K. Ling in a poster presented at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings.

Nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, and facial congestion were the most common complaints; they were reported by 84%, 82%, and 79% of patients, respectively. Dr. Ling and his colleagues at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, reviewed prospective data on 158 patients who had functional endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis. The patients were aged 18-80 years, with a mean age of 49.

Symptoms were scored before surgery and 1 year later. Patients had significant improvements postoperatively in facial congestion (93% of patients), nasal obstruction (92%), and postnasal drip (85%).
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Title Annotation:Pulmonary Medicine
Author:Splete, Heidi
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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