J Rhinol.  2012 Nov;19(2):83-86.

Headache and Facial Pain Related to the Paranasal Sinuses

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Sungkyunkwan Univ. Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. rhinochung@skku.edu

Abstract

Headache, facial pain and fullness are frequent symptoms noted in patients with acute and chronic sinusitis. However, if patients presenting with a sinus headache were to be classified according to the 2nd Edition of The International Headache Classification by The International Headache Society, most would not be diagnosed as having a headache that is secondary to rhinosinusitis. In this review article, the limitations of the classification system of The International Headache Society and the pathophysiology of a sinus headache are reviewed. The future role of the rhinologist is also suggested.

Keyword

Headache; Paranasal Sinus; Facial Pain; Aerosinusitis
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