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Fever is not a symptom of chronic rhinosinusitis.
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PMID:  19936365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: In the chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) definition of the RhinoSinusitis Task Force (RSTF) of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, fever is one of the minor symptoms. In the EP3OS definition, fever is not mentioned as a contributing factor. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the role of fever in CRS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with CRS, scheduled for surgery were compared with a control group consisting of patients without CRS, suffering from esthetic complaints or obstruction of the nose. Temperature prior to surgery was measured and analyzed. RESULTS: In both groups, hundred patients were included. In the CRS group the mean temperature was 36.94 degrees C, with a maximum of 37.8 degrees C. The control group revealed a mean temperature of 36.87 degrees C. Analysis demonstrated no significant difference between the mean temperatures of the CRS patients and the controls (p = 0.306). Additional analysis, correcting for possible confounders, did not reveal significant differences between both groups either. DISCUSSION: There have been several attempts to define CRS in the past, but an all including definition or classification system for this disorder does not currently exist. Fever is a factor under discussion. We found no significant difference between the preoperative body temperature in CRS patients and controls. These results suggest that fever is not a relevant symptom in CRS.
W J M Videler; A W van Tol; E van Spronsen; W J Fokkens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rhinology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0300-0729     ISO Abbreviation:  Rhinology     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-25     Completed Date:  2010-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0347242     Medline TA:  Rhinology     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  393-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Fever / etiology*
Middle Aged
Rhinitis / diagnosis*
Sinusitis / diagnosis*
Young Adult

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