Sinonasal symptoms in adults with ear disease

B.-S. Yin, M. S. Miah, S. S. M. Hussain (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Background: The association between eustachian tube dysfunction and middle-ear effusion is well established. Studies have also demonstrated pathological changes affecting the middle-ear mucosa associated with chronic sinonasal inflammation. No previous studies have evaluated symptoms related to sinonasal inflammatory disease in different ear diseases. Objective: To assess the presence of sinonasal symptoms in ear diseases using the Dundee Rhinogram. Methods: Data were collected prospectively in the period February-October 2011. Sinonasal symptoms were graded using the Dundee Rhinogram. Student's t-test analyses were performed to identify any statistically significant associations. Results: In total, 164 patients were assessed. There was a statistically significant association between sinonasal symptoms and mucosal middle-ear diseases (p <0.005). The mean sinonasal symptoms score for mucosal middle-ear disease patients was 5.94 (range, 0-32). Conclusion: Assessment of sinonasal symptoms is paramount in patients presenting with an ear symptom; inflammatory sinonasal disease treatment may become necessary in the management of middle-ear mucosal disease for better patient outcome.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)438-441
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014


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