SAN DIEGO-To date, various studies have demonstrated an increase in the incidence of orbital and skull base erosion in African Americans and males diagnosed with allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS), but other factors have yet to be delineated.
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Noting that underlying reasons for the advanced presentation of AFRS in certain ethic and gender groups are unknown, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego decided to evaluate several socioeconomic and demographic factors for their possible contribution to advanced presentations of AFRS. What they determined was that socioeconomic and geographic factors did not play a role in bone erosion, but that males with AFRS demonstrated a higher incidence of bone erosion.
Their study was presented by Mark D. Ghegan, MD, a resident in the MUSC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, on April 26 during the American Rhinologic Society’s program of the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting.