Correlation Between Objective Evaluation Result of Nasal Congestion and Life Quality in Patients with Acute Rhinosinusitis

  • Steward Keneddy Mengko
  • Roestiniadi Djoko Soemantri
  • Sri Herawati JuniatiEmail author
Original Article


Rhinosinusitis is an inflammatory process involving the nasal mucosa and paranasal sinuses. Rhinitis and sinusitis generally occur simultaneously and thus the current terminology used is rhinosinusitis. The blind nose can negatively affect the overall quality of life including the physical or emotional condition of the sufferer and disruption to work or school (reduced productivity and difficulty in concentrating). To analyse correlation between objective evaluation results of nasal congestion through NIPF and life quality based on sinonasal outcome Test-20 score in patients with acute rhinosinusitis. The study was conducted at Otolaryngology Outpatient Clinic at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital Surabaya. The time of study began in July 2011 until the minimum sample size was met. The sample of the study was patients diagnosed with acute rhinosinusitis treated at Otolaryngology Outpatient Clinic at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital Surabaya and meet the research criteria. Based on statistical analysis with Spearman rank correlation test, correlation between NIPF value and SNOT-20 score on 16 samples got correlation coefficient—0.310 and p = 0.243. The scatter diagram showed the NIPF value variables and the SNOT-20 scores being scattered in uneven spots and erratic patterns. This indicated that an objective evaluation of nasal congestion based on NIPF and subjective assessment of quality of life based on SNOT-20 score was not obtained correlation (p > 0.05). The results of the objective nasal obstruction examination based on Nasal Inspiratory Peak Flow have no correlation with subjective subjective assessment of quality of life based on Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-20 score in patients with acute rhinosinusitis.


Rhinitis Sinusitis Nasal inspiratory peak flow 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steward Keneddy Mengko
    • 1
  • Roestiniadi Djoko Soemantri
    • 1
  • Sri Herawati Juniati
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyFaculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga-Dr. Soetomo General HospitalSurabayaIndonesia

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