Chronic Rhinosinusitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Report

Integr Med (Encinitas). 2016 Jun;15(3):44-54.


Introduction: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be comorbidities that are difficult to treat. In this patient, an evidence-informed treatment pathway guided by laboratory biomarkers was used to address both conditions.

Case presentation: A 69-y-old female patient presented with a 50-y history of sinusitis that was worse in the winter, postnasal drip, frequent sore throats, gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, and yeast infections. Two sinus surgeries (in years 2000 and 2002) and multiple courses of antibiotics had not resolved her sinus symptoms. In addition to CRS and IBS, this patient was noted to have intestinal overgrowth of Candida albicans, multiple food sensitivities, and leaky gut syndrome.

Conclusion: Antifungal medication and dietary changes in the course of 8 mo resulted in the resolution of her CRS and IBS.

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