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Bacterial biofilms and chronic rhinosinusitis

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Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a highly prevalent disease in the adult and pediatric population. It causes significant burden and the management is considered one of the most costly public health conditions. Comorbidities include asthma, aspirin sensitivity, and nasal polyposis. Staphylococcus aureus biofilms and exotoxins that act as superantigens have been implicated to play an important pathological role in the incidence, maintenance, and ongoing burden of CRS. A better understanding of the interplay between bacterial factors, host factors, and the environment will facilitate better management of this disease. This literature review focuses on these factors and highlights current research in this field.

Keywords: Asthma; Staphylococcus aureus; biofilms; chronic sinusitis; nasal polyposis; review; rhinosinusitis; superantigens

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Nassau University Medical Center, an affiliation of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Care System, East Meadow, New York, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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