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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Define sinusitis. Strictly speaking, sinusitis is inflammation of the mucosal lining of the paranasal sinuses secondary to many potential triggers. The term rhinosinusitis has been emphasized recently to highlight the importance of nasal cavity mucosal pathology in the overall disease process. Describe the pathophysiology of sinusitis. Mucosal edema of the paranasal sinuses is the basic […]

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Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Define rhinitis. Rhinitis is tissue inflammation and nasal hyperfunction that leads to nasal congestion/obstruction, rhinorrhea, nasal itching, and/or sneezing. Although rhinitis is generally not life-threatening, it is associated with significant loss of productivity and decreased quality of life. What pathophysiology underlies rhinitis? Nasal congestion arises from engorgement of blood vessels due to the effects of […]

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