Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 209-215

First online:

The role of antileukotriene drugs in management of rhinitis and rhinosinusitis

  • Mitchell H. GraysonAffiliated withDivision of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine Email author 
  • , Phillip E. Korenblat

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Antileukotriene drugs have been studied for more than 15 years. In his review we examine the role of leukotrienes in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, and explore the clinical literature supporting the use of antileukotriene agents in these diseases. Although these medications clearly are efficacious in rhinitis, it is unclear where in the armamentarium they should be used. The evidence for use in sinusitis has not been well studied except in sinusitis-associated aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. In this circumstance there is information that allows use of antileukotriene agents to be considered effi cacious. We provide our rationale for use and await future clinical studies to answer this important question.