The impact of rhinosinusitis in clinical practice: an Italian Survey

The impact of rhinosinusitis in clinical practice: an Italian Survey


  • Desiderio Passali International Federation ORL Societies (IFOS)
  • Valerio Damiani DMG Medical Department, Pomezia (Rome), Italy
  • Giulio Cesare Passali ENT Department, University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy 
  • Pasquale Cassano Italian Society of Rhinology (SIR)
  • Marco Piemonte ENT Department, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Udine, Udine, Italy
  • Giorgio Ciprandi Allergy Clinic, Casa di Cura Villa Montallegro, Genoa, Italy


Italy, Survey, rhinosinusitis, general population, questionnaire, on the road


Rhinosinusitis is a common disease that is classified in acute (ARS) and chronic (CRS). The current Survey was conducted on a sample of about 5,000 adult subjects in 5 Italian cities. A questionnaire, containing 15 questions, was administered on the road. RS affects about 20% of the general population. The most common diagnostic test was the skull x-ray. Antibiotics were the most frequently prescribed therapy. In conclusion, the current Survey demonstrated that RS is a common disorder in Italy, the diagnostic work-up is still incorrect, and the therapeutic approach does not adhere to the guidelines. Therefore, there is a need to implement adequate information on this topic in Italy.


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