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Nasal cytology in the diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis in atopic and nonatopic children



Nasal cytology in the diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis in atopic and nonatopic children



Journal of Otolaryngology 35(4): 255-260



To investigate the value of nasal cytology in the diagnosis of sinusitis and follow-up of atopic and nonatopic children before and after treatment and to compare the nasal cytologic findings with the radiologic findings. Open randomized investigation. Ministry of Health, Ankara Diskapi Children's Hospital. Fifty-five children with bronchial asthma and/or allergic rhinitis followed by the Allergy Department of the Ministry of Health, Ankara Diskapi Children's Education and Research Hospital and 35 control children were evaluated for the following parameters: symptoms and signs of sinusitis, total serum immunoglobulin E level and eosinophil count, skinprick tests to common allergens, paranasal sinus radiographs, and nasal cytology (by the Rhinoprobe [Synbiotics Inc. London] method and wax paper blow). Nasal cytology, radiologic findings, and treatment. There were no significant correlations between radiologic and cytologic findings in any of the groups (p > .05). In both atopic and nonatopic chronic sinusitis patients, the Rhinoprobe method had results similar to the radiologic findings, and there was a significant relationship (p < .05). Nasal cytology is still a diagnostic tool in the follow-up and evaluation of chronic sinusitis in atopic children but should not be considered an adequate alternative to sinus radiography.

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PMID: 17176801

DOI: 10.2310/7070.2005.0048


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