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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Jul;117(1):12-7.

Effect of sinus surgery on quality of life.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston 02114, USA.


Although sinus surgery may reduce the incidence of recurrent infection in patients with chronic sinusitis, little is known about the effect of such surgery on a patient's quality of life. One hundred eight patients undergoing ethmoid sinus surgery were prospectively evaluated with statistically validated measures of sinusitis-specific and general health-related quality of life. Twelve months after surgery significant improvements were found in sinus-specific health status, including a reduction in symptoms (p < 0.001) and medication usage (p < 0.001). An overall improvement was found in 82% of patients, whereas 11% were worse, and 7% remained unchanged. Measures of general health status demonstrated preoperative decrements in five of eight subscales as compared with the normal population. Six months after surgery significant improvements were noted in six categories (p < 0.05), and most attained near-normative levels. Individuals with asthma demonstrated greater overall improvement in general health status than did other cohorts (p < 0.05). We conclude that patients with chronic sinusitis achieve large improvements in sinusitis-specific quality-of-life measures 12 months after sinus surgery, as well as improvements in general health status.

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