J Rhinol.  2004 Nov;11(1, 2):44-47.

Correlation between Presumed Chronic Sinusitis-Induced Pain and Paranasal Sinus Computed Tomographic Findings in Korea

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea. khuent@khmc.or.kr


The correlation between facial pain and/or headache in patients with chronic sinusitis and localized findings on paranasal sinus omputed tomography (CT) are poorly understood. So we prospectively evaluated the relationship of paranasal sinus pain symptoms with CT imaging. Fifty eight patients with headache and/or facial pain rated their pain in 9 areas at the time of CT scanning and 2 months after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). We scored the degree of air-fluid level, mucosal thickening, and mucus retention cysts using a grade scale of severity. The ostiomeatal unit, middle meatus and nasofrontal duct were also evaluated for patency. Bivariate analysis was performed to evaluate the relationship between patients' pain, that was improved after ESS and CT findings. Among 58 patients who had facial pain and/or headache at the time of CT scan, the pain improved in 51 patients after ESS. Bivariate analysis failed to show any relationship between pain symptoms and CT findings in 51 patients. This study suggests that findings on CT do not routinely correlate with the patients' symptoms of facial pain or headache. CT should therefore be reserved for delineating the anatomy and degree of sinus disease before surgical intervention.


Chronic sinusitis; Computed tomography

MeSH Terms

Facial Pain
Prospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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