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Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1996;253(7):435-9.

Prevalence and risk factors of chronic sinusitis in Korea: results of a nationwide survey.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


From July through October 1991, a nationwide survey was conducted on the prevalence and risk factors of chronic sinusitis in Korea, using medical and family histories as well as physical examination. In all, 9,069 subjects were examined from 2,899 households residing in 60 different areas throughout the country. The overall prevalence of sinusitis was 1.01%. Casecontrol analysis was performed to determine possible risk factors for sinusitis. No significant differences were found in age groups or sexes. A significant geographic difference was seen in prevalence in the different provinces studied. Economic activity, crowding and allergy were significant risk factors. Other factors such as urban or rural residence, birth place, maternal and paternal age at birth, marriage, smoking history, education, social class, prior trauma, height and weight, and nasal septal deformities did not correlate with the occurrence of sinusitis.

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