What is the role of surgery in the treatment of mold allergy?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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The only clinical disease caused by mold allergy that is benefited by surgery is AFS. Surgical removal of the allergic mucin that obstructs sinus drainage opens the sinus ostium and removes the mucin, which is laden with fungi.

Other surgical procedures are related only to the adverse effects of the primary disease. For instance, an otolaryngologic surgery may be indicated for a patient with allergic rhinitis who develops chronic ear effusion, adenoid hypertrophy, or chronic adenoiditis.


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