Pathophysiology and Etiology of Pediatric Rhinosinusitis

Melissa A.M. Hertler, Ron B. Mitchell, Rande H. Lazar

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Rhinosinusitis is a disease state that affects the nasal passages and the paranasal sinuses. During the initial 7 to 10 days of the disease process, acute rhinosinusitis is difficult to distinguish from a simple upper respiratory infection. Acute rhinosinusitis becomes evident when the signs and symptoms persist beyond 10 days. Chronic rhinosinusitis is a disease state that persists for longer than 12 weeks. Chronic rhinosinusitis may be exacerbated by acute rhinosinusitis (1). Rhinosinusitis can be further divided into a subacute form with duration of symptoms intermediate between acute and chronic disease (2). Clinically, rhinosinusitis is indistinguishable from rhinitis. Although isolated rhinitis may occur, isolated sinusitis is rare (1,3).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Sinusitis and Sinus Surgery
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780849359002
ISBN (Print)9780824728816
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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