Risk stratification of severe acute rhinosinusitis unresponsive to oral antibiotics

Nir Hirshoren*, Aviv Hirschenbein, Ron Eliashar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Conclusions: C-reactive protein (CRP) levels may predict the extent of acute rhinosinusitis disease in the computed tomography (CT) scans, as well as the specific symptom severity. High levels may direct the physician to change the treatment. Objective: To establish tools to define 'high risk' patients suffering from acute rhinosinusitis. Methods: Patients suffering from severe unresponsive acute rhinosinusitis filled in health-related quality of life questionnaires and rated their symptoms. Blood tests and CT scans were performed. We examined the value of imaging and inflammatory markers, especially CRP, as predictors of disease severity, defined by subjective and objective means; need for surgery; and occurrence of ocular complications. Results: Thirty-two patients were prospectively recruited. A significant association was found between CRP levels, imaging scores, and symptoms severity. Neither ocular complications nor the need for surgery were present in the group with low CRP level.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1065-1069
Number of pages5
JournalActa Oto-Laryngologica
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • C-reactive protein
  • CT
  • Computed tomography
  • Facial pain
  • Sinusitis


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