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A Comparative Study in the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis by Nasal Douching with Hypertonic Saline vs Isotonic Saline

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Chronic rhinosinusitis is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions affecting all age groups. Hypertonic saline solution and isotonic saline solution are used in management of chronic rhinosinusitis. In this study we compare the effectiveness of isotonic saline and hypertonic saline in alleviation of symptoms and clinical outcome of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. In our study 60 patients diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis are divided into two groups; Group A treated with isotonic saline and Group B with 3.5% hypertonic saline for a period of 6 weeks. The symptoms were evaluated using SNOT-20 score before and after treatment. It was found that hypertonic saline solution is more efficacious than isotonic saline solution in the treatment of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.

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Muthubabu, K., Srinivasan, M.K., Alagammai, S. et al. A Comparative Study in the Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis by Nasal Douching with Hypertonic Saline vs Isotonic Saline. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12070-020-01811-2

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Keywords

  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Nasal douching
  • SNOT-20 score
  • Hypertonic saline solution
  • Isotonic saline solution