Adjunctive Surgical Therapies in the Treatment of Rhinosinusitis

  • Joel Guss
  • Erica R. ThalerEmail author

Rhinosinusitis refers to any inflammatory condition of the nose and paranasal sinuses. Although the terms rhinitis and sinusitis are often used independently, the term rhinosinusitis reflects an understanding that most pathological processes will affect the entire mucous membrane of the nose and sinuses. Rhinosinusitis represents a heterogeneous group of diseases and is the end result of a myriad of pathophysiological processes that include infection, allergy, autoimmunity, environmental exposure, structural abnormalities, hormonal effects, and genetic disease. The interaction of multiple processes in each individual patient further complicates the understanding and management of the disease.

Rhinosinusitis is very common. Approximately 32 million adults in the United States received a diagnosis of rhinosinusitis in 1998, reflecting 16% of the adult population [1]. Approximately 40 million Americans are estimated to be affected by allergic rhinitis each year, with half of these...


Allergic Rhinitis Nasal Obstruction Nasal Septum Inferior Turbinate Middle Turbinate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryThe University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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