Surgery eases rhinosinusitis
Symptoms include facial pain and postnasal discharge
Symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis typically include nasal obstruction, facial pain, postnasal discharge, headaches, and impaired sense of smell (hyposmia). According to internist Alexander C. Chester, MD, of Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., reports of symptom relief vary across studies, so he and his research team reviewed 21 studies involving 2,070 patients to evaluate improvements for each symptom.
An average of 13.9 months after endoscopic sinus surgery, all symptoms improved compared with their preoperative severity scores, with nasal obstruction taking top honors as most improved. Facial pain and postnasal discharge improved moderately, whereas hyposmia and headache improved the least.