How often is pediatric acute sinusitis (sinus infection) suspected and diagnosed, and what are the most commonly used treatments?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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According to a study by Mcquillan et al in which pediatricians were asked how they diagnose and manage nonsevere acute sinusitis in children, on the basis of age group, pediatricians reported first considering acute sinusitis at the following rates: ages 0-5 (6%), 6-11 (17%), 12-23 (36%), 24-35 (21%), and 36 months or older (20%). [33]

In the Mcquillan study, symptoms thought to be very important included prolonged symptom duration (93%), purulent rhinorrhea (55%), and nasal congestion (43%); 60% reported that symptom duration is more important than symptom combination. Symptom duration before considering the diagnosis were 1-6 days (3%), 7-9 days (17%), 10-13 days (37%), 14-16 days (38%), and 17 or more days (6%).

Mcquillan et al reported that CT scanning was used by 58% in making the diagnosis of acute sinusitis. Antibiotics were used frequently or always by 96% of the respondents. Adjuvants used frequently or always included saline washes (44%), systemic decongestants (28%), nasal corticosteroids (20%), and systemic antihistamines (13%).

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