Impact of age on presentation of chronic rhinosinusitis and outcomes of endoscopic sinus surgery

Douglas D. Reh, Jess Mace, Jamie L. Robinson, Timothy L. Smith

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Background: As the population ages, the mean age of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) likely will increase as will the frequency of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) in the older population. The purpose of this study was to compare symptom presentation, CT scores, endoscopy scores, and quality of life (QOL) measures in patients >60 years of age as compared with younger patients. Methods: A prospective cohort of 18 patients >60 years and 121 patients ≤60 years undergoing ESS for CRS were studied. Patient factors, symptom severity, and CT scores were examined preoperatively. Endoscopy and QOL scores were compared pre- and postoperatively between the two groups. Results: The prevalence of allergies, polyps, asthma, aspirin sensitivity, and revision surgery was similar in each age group. There was no statistically significant difference in the visual analog scale scores of symptom severity in each age group. Older patients had scores that were similar to younger patients with regard to CT (13.11 versus 11.63; p = 0.419), preoperative endoscopy (8.22 versus 7.96; p = 0.828), postoperative endoscopy (3.06 versus 4.82; p = 0.100), and change in endoscopy (-5.17 versus -3.15; p = 0.083). Older patients had similar preoperative, postoperative, and change scores when compared with younger patients on the Rhinosinusitis Disability Index (-15.33 versus -20.63; p = 0.318) and Chronic Sinusitis Survey (14.35 versus 23.11; p = 0.126). Conclusion: Older patients with CRS present with symptoms and patient factors that are comparable with younger patients and have a similar degree of improvement on endoscopy scores and QOL measures after ESS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-213
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Age
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Computerized tomography
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Outcome
  • Quality of life
  • Symptom severity
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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