Allergic Fungal Sinusitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: John E McClay, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which histologic findings are characteristics of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

How is allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) treated?

How has the diagnosis and treatment for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) evolved over time?

What are the diagnostic criteria for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the prevalence of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What causes allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the evidence to support an immunologic theory of the etiology of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the pathophysiology of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

When is surgical debridement indicated for the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which nasal anatomy is relevant to allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the contraindications to surgical debridement for the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Workup

What is the role of total immunoglobulin E (IgE) measurement in the workup of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of immunologic testing in the workup of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of nonspecific allergy testing in the workup of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the sites of extension of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of MRI in the workup of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Treatment

How is allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) treated?

What is the role of corticosteroids in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the adverse effects of corticosteroids in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of immunotherapy in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the protocol for immunotherapy to treat allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the adverse effects of immunotherapy for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of antifungal therapy in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the adverse effects of antifungal therapy for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is included in preoperative care for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

How is surgery performed for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is included in postoperative care following surgery for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What is included in the long-term monitoring for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the possible complications of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) surgery?

What is the prognosis of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

What are the controversies regarding the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?