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Rhinology. 2013 Dec;51(4):328-34. doi: 10.4193/Rhin13.079.

Long-term results of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in children with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.



Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is rare in children and has a major impact on Quality of Life (QoL). Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) has proven to be an effective treatment, but it is still unclear what long-term outcomes are in children with CRSwNP. The objective of this study was to assess long-term results of FESS in children with CRSwNP.


We performed a combined prospective and retrospective study. A QoL questionnaire was send to all children with CRSwNP who received FESS between the year 2000-2010. Almost half of these children also filled in this questionnaire preoperatively.


Forty-four Children underwent FESS. From 18 patients, we also prospectively collected preoperative QoL questionnaires. The mean follow-up period was 4.0 years (+- 2.9). The mean age at surgery was 13 years (+-2.9). Of these children, 9 had CF and 10 children asthma. R-SOM scores showed a significant improvement both in general symptoms as well as several different domains when comparing pre- and postoperative questionnaires. Only 5 of 44 patients needed a subsequent intervention. In children with CF this was 3 of 9.


This study demonstrates that long-term results of FESS in children with CRSwNP are good. QoL has improved significantly, especially in nasal symptoms, showing that FESS is a good treatment in children with CRSwNP. Furthermore, even children with CF show good results.

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