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March 13, 2002

Efficacy of Intranasal Corticosteroids for Acute Sinusitis—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(10):1261-1262. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1261

In Reply: Drs Starke and Chowdhury reiterate design limitations that we discussed in our article. Their description of our study as a "large simple trial" ignores our use of randomized allocation, placebo control, and double blinding that makes our study a well-controlled trial. The study sample consisted of patients with recurrent acute sinusitis or chronic rhinitis with endoscopic or radiographic findings of sinusitis. The patients did not have isolated, uncomplicated acute sinusitis.

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