What is the impact of endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) on improvement in olfaction and olfactory-specific quality of life (QOL)?
Background: Olfactory loss is a cardinal symptom of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), affecting 40% to 80% of patients. Objective assessment of olfactory improvement using instruments such as the 40-item smell identification test (SIT-40) or Sniffin’ Sticks has been reported in 23% to 68% of patients; however, few studies have focused on olfaction-specific QOL using questionnaires such as the questionnaire of olfactory disorders (QOD-NS).
Explore this issue:June 2016
Study design: Adult patients with CRS from an ongoing multi-institutional prospective cohort study were included.
Setting: Rhinology clinics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, and University of Utah in Salt Lake City.