Medical Treatment for Acute Sinusitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 29, 2018
  • Author: Ted L Tewfik, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is the definition of acute sinusitis?

What is the embryology of the paranasal sinuses involved in acute sinusitis?

What is the anatomy of the paranasal sinuses involved in acute sinusitis?

What is the function of the paranasal sinuses involved in acute sinusitis?

What is the pathophysiology of acute sinusitis?

What are the factors that contribute to the development of acute sinusitis?

What is the pathophysiology of acute sinusitis in the intensive care population and in children?

How common is acute sinusitis in the US?

Presentation

How is acute sinusitis differentiated from other conditions with similar symptoms?

What is the role of the physical exam in the diagnosis of acute sinusitis?

What causes acute sinusitis?

Which vitamin deficiency is associated with acute sinusitis?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Medical Treatment for Acute Sinusitis?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of acute sinusitis?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of acute sinusitis?

Treatment

What are the treatment goals of acute sinusitis?

What are the different methods of drainage in acute sinusitis?

Are broad-spectrum or narrow-spectrum antibiotics preferred in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

Are antibiotics overused in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

How effective are surgical procedures in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

When is surgery indicated for acute sinusitis?

Which specialist consultations are indicated for complications of acute sinusitis?

Guidelines

What are the AAAAI/ACAAI guidelines on treatment for acute sinusitis?

Which organizations have released treatment guidelines for acute sinusitis?

What are the AAAAI/ACAAI guideline criteria for a diagnosis of acute rhinosinusitis (ARS)?

What are the guideline criteria for a diagnosis of recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS)?

What are the guideline criteria for a diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS)?

What are the AAO-HNSF guidelines for a diagnosis of acute bacterial sinusitis (ABRS)?

What are the diagnostic criteria for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS)?

When is sinus CT scanning indicated for rhinosinusitis according to the University of Michigan Health System guidelines?

What are the AAO-HNSF guidelines on treatment for acute sinusitis?

What are the IDSA guidelines on treatment for acute sinusitis?

What are the University of Michigan Health System guidelines on treatment for acute sinusitis?

What are the AAP guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute sinusitis in children?

What are the Korea CDC guidelines on antibiotic use for the treatment of acute sinusitis?

Medications

Which medications are used for drainage in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

How are mucolytic agents used in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

What is the role of antihistamines in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

What are the considerations for the use of antibiotics in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

What are the first-line antibiotics for the treatment of acute sinusitis?

When are second-line antibiotics indicated in the treatment of acute sinusitis?

How are IV antibiotics used in the treatment of nosocomial acute sinusitis?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Medical Treatment for Acute Sinusitis?

Follow-up

What are the local complications of acute sinusitis?

What are the orbital complications of acute sinusitis?

How are orbital complications of acute sinusitis treated?

What are the intracranial complications of acute sinusitis?

What are the systemic complications of acute sinusitis?

What patient education is available on acute sinusitis?