Sinusitis and Asthma

Associations, Influences, and Principles of Management
  • Georges M. Halpern
  • Gary A. Incaudo


A physiologic unity between the upper and lower airway of humans has been recognized throughout the 20th century. A number of studies have addressed and described a relationship between the inflammatory diseases occurring in the upper respiratory tract, especially sinusitis, and its consequences in the thoracic airways. At the beginning of this century, Bullen (1), Gottlieb (2), and Weille (3) found coexistent sinusitis in 20–70% of a large number of adult asthmatics. After reviewing 1074 cases of asthma, Rackemann and Tobey in 1929 wrote that “lesions in the nose and sinuses…may develop from the same fundamental cause as the asthma itself (4). More recent studies have found that 50–70% of children and adults with asthma have radiographic evidence of sinusitis (5, 6).


Allergic Rhinitis Allergy Clin Immunol Nasal Polyp Lower Airway Nasal Polyposis 
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