Respiratory disease is often a complication of cystic fibrosis. When we think of respiratory disease, we tend to think of lung disease as the major problem, but both acute and chronic sinusitis is a major concern, as well. Sinusitis can causes serious symptoms and even worsen lung disease.

The sinuses are four pairs of air filled space that warm and humidify the air we breathe. While doing this, the sinuses filter out particles from the air and trap them in place to help prevent infection or irritation. This important function is what helps prevent mold, bacteria and dust from entering the respiratory system.

Diagnosing sinusitis in patients with cystic fibrosis is primarily based on symptoms, followed by a CT Scan of the Sinuses. Common symptoms include:

  • Chronic congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Post-nasal drip with or without cough
  • Cough that worsens when reclined
  • Severe bad breath
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Continual clearing of the throat
  • Headaches

Common treatments for chronic or reoccurring sinusitis in cystic fibrosis patients include:

  • Antibiotic treatments
  • Nasal steroids
  • Nasal flushes
  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Surgical interventions such as endoscopic sinus surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and is having symptoms of sinusitis, call Atlanta ENT today for a consultation.

Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT