Common Nasal Problems And Paranasal Sinus Disease

Common nasal problems and paranasal sinus disease


Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the nose and paranasal sinuses. It is one of the most common primary care presentations in Australia, and 1.4 in every 100 general practice encounters were for acute or chronic sinusitis. In 2011 and 2012, an estimated 1.9 million Australians had chronic rhino-sinusitis. It has been shown to have a greater impact on social functioning than chronic heart failure, angina or back pain.

Nasal obstruction may be acute or chronic and is a manifestation of a wide range of disease processes, most of which are managed by the GP. In patients with persistent nasal obstruction and in those with structural abnormalities, specialist referral is warranted.

Patients with nasal obstruction typically report a sensation of fullness or stuffiness in the nasal airway. When experienced at night, this can adversely affect quality of sleep, resulting in daytime somnolence and fatigue.


  1. Identify general anatomical and physiological principles of nasal and paranasal sinus anatomy
  2. Apply an anatomical and physiological approach to diagnosis of nasal and sinus disease
  3. Maximise primary care options in medical management including risks and benefits of therapies.
Common nasal problems and paranasal sinus disease
  • Presenter(s):Philip Michael
  • Host:Cabrini
  • Duration:58.04 min
  • Activity ID:144754
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Cabrini

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