Journal of Pulmonary Medicine

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Research Article, J Pulm Med Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Impact of Chronic Rhinosinusitis on Lung Function: A Critical Appraisal

Sanjeev Mohanty* and Bharat I
Department of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
Corresponding author : Sanjeev Mohanty
Department of ENT, Head& Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai – 600116, India
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Received: June 12, 2016 Accepted: July 15, 2016 Published: July 20, 2016
Citation: Mohanty S, Bharat I (2016) Impact of Chronic Rhinosinusitis on Lung Function: A Critical Appraisal. J Pulm Med 1:1.


Introduction: The relationship between the pathologies of the upper and the lower airways are evident with many correlations with literature. This study was aimed at understanding the effect of chronic rhino sinusitis on pulmonary function getting us closer to the question of the benefits of treatment of upper respiratory pathology and its benefits on the lower airway.

Materials and Methods: The study was a prospective study conducted in a tertiary care centre over a period of 2 years, involving 50 patients who were diagnosed with chronic rhino sinusitis. These patients were carefully selected excluding patients with coexisting comorbids including COPD, smokers.

Results: Majority of patients included in the study (72%) showed clinically asymptomatic obstructive lung function pattern in the screening pulmonary function test. Clinical correlations with CT grading and pulmonary function was satisfactory.

Conclusion: Latent obstructive pulmonary function is seen in majority of patients with chronic rhino sinusitis. Regular follow up of such patients will make it pivotal in early diagnosis of a, progressing lower airway obstruction.

Keywords: Respiratory pathology, Lower airway obstruction, Pulmonary function test

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