Aust Fam Physician. 2016 Jun;45(6):374-7.


Background: Acute and chronic sinusitis are common primary care presentations. They are caused by mucosal inflammation, which inhibits mucociliary function of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

Objective: This article provides an overview of acute and chronic sinusitis, and a guide to workup and management in a primary care setting. Complications and other indications for referral are discussed.

Discussion: Sinusitis involves a wide spectrum of presentations, both acute and chronic. It is primarily a medical condition, and surgical management is reserved for complicated or refractory cases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care
  • Sinusitis / diagnosis*
  • Sinusitis / therapy