Rhinitis, sinusitis and asthma: one linked airway disease

Paediatr Respir Rev. 2001 Dec;2(4):358-64. doi: 10.1053/prrv.2001.0172.


Understanding the relationship between upper and lower airways has greatly increased through epidemiological and pharmacological studies. Scientific evidence supports the concept that rhinosinusitis and asthma may be the expression of an inflammatory process which appears in different sites of the respiratory tract at different times. The implications are not only academic but are important for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications*
  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Rhinitis / complications*
  • Rhinitis / physiopathology*
  • Sinusitis / complications*
  • Sinusitis / physiopathology*