Assessment of quality of life after endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis

Thiago Freire Pinto Bezerra, Jay F. Piccirillo, Marco Aurelio Fornazieri, Renata Ribeiro de Mendonca Pilan, Fabio de Rezende Pinna, Francini Grecco de Melo Padua, Richard Louis Voegels

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Chronic rhinosinusitis is a disease of undefined etiology that significantly impacts the quality of life of its patients. Various studies carried out in countries other than Brazil have shown endoscopic sinus surgery as an effective means of treating this condition. Objective: This study aims to analyze, with the aid of SNOT-20, the association between endoscopic sinus surgery and disease-specific quality of life of Brazilian patients treated for chronic rhinosinusitis accompanied or not by nasal polyps. Materials and Methods: This prospective study enrolled patients submitted to endoscopic sinus surgery after drug therapy failed to improve their symptoms. They were assessed based on questionnaire SNOT-20p before and 12 months after surgery. Improvement on total scores and on the five items deemed more important by each patient were assessed. The study also looked into the correlation between preoperative scores and postoperative improvement and if there were any gender-related improvement differences. Results: Forty-three patients aged 44 (19), md (IQR), 65% of whom (26/43) were males. Statistically significant improvement was seen on SNOT-20 and SNOT-20(5+) and a correlation was established between preoperative scores and postoperative improved scores (p<0.001). No gender-related differences were observed in quality of life. Conclusion: Endoscopic sinus surgery in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis is associated with statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalBrazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Chronic disease
  • Indicators of quality of life
  • Quality of life
  • Sinusitis


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