What are the controversies regarding the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: John E McClay, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Controversy still exists regarding the exact criteria for diagnosis and the exact regimen for treatment. Although not perfected, recent evidence supports the theory that allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) represents an immunologic, rather than infectious, disease process. An improved understanding of this underlying disease process has led to an evolution in the treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS).

Medical therapy has begun to shift from an emphasis on systemic antifungal therapy to various forms of topical treatment and immunomodulation. Likewise, surgical treatment of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS), still a crucial component of the overall treatment plan of the patient, has shifted from radical to a more conservative but complete, usually endoscopic, approach. Although important, surgery alone does not lead to a long-term disease-free state. A comprehensive management plan incorporating medical, surgical, and immunologic care remains the most likely means of providing long-term disease control for allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS). The exact combination continues to be debated strongly.


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