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December 5, 2007

Acute Sinusitis—To Treat or Not to Treat?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of General Practice, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

JAMA. 2007;298(21):2543-2544. doi:10.1001/jama.298.21.2543

Acute sinusitis is a common clinical problem in general practice. Approximately 0.5% to 2% of all episodes of the common cold develop into a purulent sinusitis; and in European general practice, 1% to 2% of all patient visits to physicians are for suspected acute sinusitis.1 In the United States, there is a clear discrepancy between the patient's perception and the physician's diagnosis. “I have a sinus problem” is one of the most common reasons for clinical encounters in the United States and accounts for 25 million office visits per year.2

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