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Role of the otolaryngologist in the management of asthma

September 18, 2014  |  Mahmoud Ghaderi, DO, FAOCO

[Editor's note: This Guest Editorial has been adapted with permission from its publication in the Fall 2012 issue of Soundings, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery's newsletter.]

Comparison of clinical differences between patients with allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis

September 19, 2013  |  Mustafa Akarcay, MD; Murat C. Miman, MD; Tamer Erdem, MD; Semih Oncel, MD; Orhan Ozturan, MD; Erol Selimoglu, MD


We conducted a retrospective study to investigate the clinical differences between subtypes of rhinitis patients. Our findings were based on a detailed history and nasal examination. The study population was made up of 910 patients who had at least two rhinitis symptoms. These...

How closely related are allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic sinusitis?

September 19, 2013  |  Mahmoud Ghaderi, DO, FAOCO

Various triggers may have different presentations and thus create a clinically known diverse group of diseases that we have classically grouped as chronic rhinosinusitis.

The impact of pulmonary tuberculosis treatment on the prevalence of allergic rhinitis

August 22, 2013  |  Carren Teh Sui Lin, MBBS, MS(ORL-HNS); Gopala Krishnan, MBBS, FRSC(Ed); and Anura Michelle Manuel, MBBS, MS(ORL-HNS)


Atopy is a syndrome characterized by immediate hypersensitivity reactions to common environmental antigens. The “hygiene hypothesis” stipulates that childhood infections are associated with a lower risk of allergies. Not much has been published about the effects that the...

Serum levels of advanced oxidation protein products in response to allergen exposure in allergic rhinitis

August 10, 2012  |  Fadlullah Aksoy, MD; Yavuz Selim Yıldırım, MD; Bayram Veyseller, MD; Hasan Demirhan, MD; Orhan Özturan, MD


Patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis, or atopic dermatitis experience increased oxidative stress. We conducted a prospective study to examine the levels of advanced oxidation protein products (AOPPs) as an indicator of oxidative stress in 97 patients with...

Nasal eosinophilia as a marker for allergic rhinitis: A controlled study of 50 patients

March 1, 2012  |  Akefeh Ahmadiafshar, MD, Daryoosh Taghiloo, MD, Abdolreza Esmailzadeh, PhD, and Behnaz Falakaflaki, MD


Eosinophils are the principal effector cells involved in the pathogenesis of allergic inflammation. We conducted a study to investigate the validity of the nasal smear examination for detecting eosinophilia in patients with allergic rhinitis. Our study group was made up of 50...

Clinical improvement after escalation for sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)

September 21, 2011  |  Jamie Woody, PA-C, MSPAS, Sarah K. Wise, MD, Sarah Koepp, PA-C, MSPAS, and Rodney J. Schlosser, MD


Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) permits rapid antigen escalation with an improved safety profile over that of subcutaneous immunotherapy. Outcomes for SLIT in terms of the timing of clinical improvement were investigated in a retrospective review of patients undergoing SLIT who...

The role of antifungal therapy in the prevention of recurrent allergic fungal rhinosinusitis after functional endoscopic sinus surgery: A randomized, controlled study

August 16, 2011  |  Yaser Khalil, MD, Adel Tharwat, MD, Asmaa Gaber Abdou, MD, Enas Essa, MD, Abdel Hamid Elsawy, MD, Osama Elnakib, MD, and Nada Farag Elnaidany, PhD


Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) is the most common form of fungal sinus disease. Its recurrence rate is high despite numerous strategies to prevent it. We conducted a study to assess the effect of systemic and topical antifungal agents-both separately and in combination-...

The cost-effectiveness of specific allergen immunotherapy

June 14, 2011  |  John R. Cohn, MD

A comparison of techniques for evaluating IgE-mediated allergies

April 1, 2011  |  John H. Boyles Jr., MD


Skin prick testing remains the most popular way to confirm an IgE-mediated allergic response. This study was performed to compare the accuracy and sensitivity of two skin testing modalities (serial endpoint titration and skin prick testing with 2 different in vitro assays.) In...

Inadequate health insurance coverage: A major factor in premature discontinuation of subcutaneous immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis

April 1, 2011  |  Ravi Vaswani, BS, Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD, Leena Parikh, MD, and Surender Vaswani, MD


We conducted a study of 155 patients with allergic rhinitis who prematurely discontinued subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy to determine the reasons for their discontinuation. The most commonly cited factor, which was cited by 62 patients (40.0%), was the issue of cost-...


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