The potential for mycotic disease of the upper respiratory tract has been known for the better part of a century. Initially, invasive forms fungal rhinosinusitis commanded most of the attention of the medical community because of their spectacular presentation and frequently fatal outcomes. With time, however, clinical and pathologic observations suggested that fungi could contribute to inflammatory disorders of the nose and paranasal sinuses in the absence of tissue invasion. As interest in noninvasive fungal diseases of the upper airway has increased, a clear understanding of the role that fungi play in the development and perpetuation of this disease remains elusive. This article will focus on recent literature that has contributed to our current understanding of the role that fungi may play in some forms of chronic mucosal disease of the nose and paranasal sinuses in the absence of frank tissue invasion.
|Number of pages
|Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
|Published - 2002
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