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Rhinology. 1994 Jun;32(2):65-7.

Sinusitis in allergic patients.

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ENT Department, University Hospital, Free University, Brussels, Belgium.


Allergy is one of the aetiologic factors in the pathogenesis of sinusitis. To determine its influence on the occurrence of sinusitis the authors studied CT-scans of the sinuses in 59 allergic children and 62 allergic adults. Sinusitis was found in 36 children (61%) and 36 adults (58%). These results were compared with two previous studies consisting of mainly non-allergic children (n = 196) and mainly non-allergic adults (n = 350). Except for allergy, identical inclusion and evaluation criteria were used. In the previous studies, sinusitis was found in 125 children (64%) and 201 adults (57.5%). According to these results it seems that the prevalence and the extent of sinus mucosa involvement is not determined by aetiology (allergic or non-allergic). Age seems to be of major importance regarding the extent of sinus disease.

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