Does the severity of sinus computed tomography findings predict outcome in chronic sinusitis?

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Jul;123(1 Pt 1):81-4. doi: 10.1067/mhn.2000.105922.


Objectives: We studied the association between the severity of pretreatment CT scan findings and the improvement in symptoms of chronic sinusitis after treatment.

Methods: We analyzed data from an ongoing prospective, nonrandomized clinical outcomes study of patients treated for chronic sinusitis at a tertiary-care academic medical center (n = 57, mean age 46.8 years). Disease-specific symptom severity was measured with a validated health status instrument, and CT stage was quantified with the Harvard CT staging system.

Results: In a multivariate analysis, symptom severity based on CT findings emerged as a strong predictor of both improvement in symptom score outcome (beta = 0.47, P = 0.01) and absolute symptom level after treatment (beta = -0.58, P = 0.001).

Conclusions: Severity as assessed by a pretreatment CT scan is a strong predictor of outcome. Patients with higher symptom severity based on CT scans showed significantly larger improvement and lower absolute levels of symptom severity after treatment. This study links CT scan findings and subjective patient-based outcomes (symptom scores) using a validated outcomes instrument.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasal Polyps / classification
  • Nasal Polyps / diagnostic imaging
  • Nasal Polyps / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sinusitis / classification
  • Sinusitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Sinusitis / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Treatment Outcome