The impact of rhinosinusitis in clinical practice: an Italian Survey

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Desiderio Passali
Valerio Damiani
Giulio Cesare Passali
Pasquale Cassano
Marco Piemonte
Giorgio Ciprandi

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Italy, Survey, rhinosinusitis, general population, questionnaire, on the road

Abstract

Rhinosinusitis is a common disease that is classified in acute (ARS) and chronic (CRS). The current Survey was conducted on a sample of about 5,000 adult subjects in 5 Italian cities. A questionnaire, containing 15 questions, was administered on the road. RS affects about 20% of the general population. The most common diagnostic test was the skull x-ray. Antibiotics were the most frequently prescribed therapy. In conclusion, the current Survey demonstrated that RS is a common disorder in Italy, the diagnostic work-up is still incorrect, and the therapeutic approach does not adhere to the guidelines. Therefore, there is a need to implement adequate information on this topic in Italy.

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