Acute rhinosinusitis is among the most common reasons for patients to seek medical attention. In this short instructional video, we will illustrate and describe effective techniques to examine the nose that you, as a medical practitioner, can easily perform in the office or clinic when seeing patients with sinonasal complaints. We will cover doctor and patient positioning, proper holding and placement of instruments, anatomical structures to examine, as well as common pathological findings to look out for. We will also illustrate and describe some procedures that otolaryngologists might use if your patient is referred for assessment of their sinus condition.
In Canada, 2.89 million prescriptions were dispensed for acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) or CRS in 2006, with approximately 2/3 for ARS and 1/3 for CRS. Despite well-established differences between these two diseases in pathophysiology, bacteriology, and standard specialist treatment strategies, an assessment of therapies prescribed in Canada for CRS has shown that medications prescribed for CRS exactly paralleled those prescribed for ARS.
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