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Post-adenoidectomy quality of life in children with refractory chronic rhinosinusitis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2017

V Bettadahalli
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
A Chakravarti*
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Address for correspondence: Dr A Chakravarti, Department of ENT, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India Fax: +91 9868 093035 E-mail:



This study aimed to evaluate post-adenoidectomy quality of life in children with refractory chronic rhinosinusitis.


A prospective interventional study of children aged 4–12 years with chronic refractory rhinosinusitis was conducted. A total of 60 children completed follow up. Nasal endoscopy and non-contrast computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses were performed, and both symptoms and their effects on patient quality of life pre- and post-adenoidectomy were evaluated.


The most frequent symptoms were nasal obstruction, cough, fever and fatigue, which were experienced by 100 per cent, 90 per cent, 85 per cent and 81.7 per cent of children, respectively. Nasal endoscopy showed oedema and discharge were present in all children. A statistically significant post-operative improvement in sinus and nasal quality of life was seen in 53 children (88.3 per cent).


Adenoidectomy is a simple, first-line surgical procedure for managing paediatric chronic rhinosinusitis refractory to maximal medical therapy and leads to an improved quality of life.

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