Endoscopic sinus surgery in children with chronic sinusitis: a pilot study

R P Lusk, H R Muntz
Laryngoscope 1990, 100 (6): 654-8
This pilot study assessed the safety and preliminary data on the efficacy of endoscopic ethmoidectomy in children with chronic sinusitis. A total of 168 patients were evaluated for chronic sinusitis, and 31 were deemed appropriate candidates for ethmoidectomy. All patients were medical management failures. Twenty-six percent of the patients had asthma, 23% had some immune deficiency, 23% had allergies, and 2 patients (1%) had cystic fibrosis. All patients were followed for at least 1 year postoperatively. The only surgical complication was minor middle meatal scarring that developed in two patients. Overall, 71% of the patients were considered normal by their parents 1 year postoperatively. Of the 24 patients who did not have an underlying systemic disease (immune deficiency or cystic fibrosis) postoperatively, 80% were considered normal by their parents, 12% were improved but continued to have some symptoms, and 8% had unsatisfactory results. Seven children with underlying systemic disease had to undergo revision ethmoidectomy for persistent symptoms.

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