Otologic manifestations in Samter's syndrome

Marco Caversaccio, Rudolf Häusler, Arthur Helbling
ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties 2009, 71 (1): 6-10

OBJECTIVE: It was the aim of this study to investigate the prevalence of otologic manifestations in a cohort of Samter's syndrome patients (nasal polyps with chronic rhinosinusitis, aspirin intolerance and asthma).

METHODS: We analyzed a retrospective and prospective case review from 1995 to 2005, performed in the otorhinolaryngology outpatient clinic of a tertiary referral center. Ear history, clinical examinations, treatment and outcome were evaluated using office and hospital records in 23 cases. All subjects completed a questionnaire.

RESULTS: In 6 cases (26%), otological manifestations with ear pressure and conductive hearing loss occurred during an advanced stage of Samter's syndrome (>5 years after onset of the first nasal symptoms) partially responsive to systemic steroids.

CONCLUSION: Recognition of the association between Samter's syndrome and otological disease is important (26% of the cases) because it could also be responsive to systemic steroids which prevent progression to irreversible hearing loss or infectious otomastoiditis.

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