The Connection Between Nasal Polyps and Sinusitis
Sinusitis is a complex disorder which can have many causes, both proximal and distal. Anatomy plays a role, but so can allergies, body weight, lifestyle and genetics. Teasing apart the influence of these various factors can be difficult, which is why we still don’t have a perfect preventive regimen to avoid sinusitis altogether.
Researchers are always looking for new pathways to help relieve the suffering of the 30 million Americans who suffer from sinusitis. Recently a small study found an intriguing connection between nasal polyps and sinusitis:
After comparing results among the 51 patients who completed their respective course of treatment, the investigators concluded that dupilumab triggered a significant and lasting elimination of polyps, and/or reduction in size. Patients who received the drug also appeared to see benefits in terms of an improved sense of smell, a drop in nasal congestion and obstruction, and improved sleep, the findings showed.
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