Read the full recommendation which includes a treatment algorithm and more information about antibiotic choices. These guidelines are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These guidelines are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the guidelines must be implemented.
Adult Sinusitis - Clinical Practice Guideline -- Clinical Recommendation
The guideline was published as a supplement in the April issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. The purpose of this multidisciplinary guideline is to identify quality improvement opportunities in managing adult rhinosinusitis and to create explicit and actionable recommendations to implement these opportunities in clinical practice. Specifically, the goals are to improve diagnostic accuracy for adult rhinosinusitis, promote judicious use of systemic and topical therapy, and promote appropriate use of ancillary tests to confirm diagnosis and guide management, which include radiography, nasal endoscopy, computed tomography, and testing for allergy and immune function. Emphasis was also placed on identifying multiple chronic conditions that would modify management of rhinosinusitis, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, immunocompromised state, and ciliary dyskinesia. The guideline is intended for all clinicians who are likely to diagnose and manage adults with rhinosinusitis and applies to any setting in which an adult with rhinosinusitis would be identified, monitored, or managed. This guideline, however, does not apply to patients younger than 18 years or to patients of any age with complicated rhinosinusitis.