Sino-nasal outcome test tool assessment in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and obstructive sleep apnea

Vasileios A. Lachanas, Troy D. Woodard, Jastin L. Antisdel, Stilianos E. Kountakis

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Abstract

Objective: The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-20) is a rhinosinusitis quality of life instrument. Nonrhinologic illnesses like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may elevate SNOT-20 scores. We compared SNOT-20 outcomes in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) to those in patients with OSA. Methods: We analyzed prospectively collected data of patients with CRS and OSA. Pretreatment SNOT-20 and Lund-Kennedy endoscopy scores were obtained. Scores and patterns of SNOT-20 symptom distribution were compared. Results: Fifty-seven patients had CRS and 65 patients had OSA. Both groups had elevated mean total SNOT-20 scores (28 ± 12.2 and 29 ± 10.7, respectively). Higher scores were noticed for OSA patients on the wellness section of the SNOT-20 and for CRS patients on the sinonasal section of the SNOT-20 (p < 0.001). Conclusions: CRS and OSA patients present with elevated total SNOT-20 scores but differ in their symptom distribution pattern. This study demonstrates that other disorders can elevate SNOT-20 scores and confirms the need for additional objective data to confirm CRS diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-289
Number of pages4
JournalORL
Volume74
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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