"A patient half as wretched with pulmonary tuberculosis would be put into a sanitarium."1 Yet chronic bacterial sinusitis is even more insidious and frustrating than tuberculosis, since the patient frequently appears to be in good health and is regarded by his friends and associates as lazy and a procrastinator. One afflicted with this debilitating condition is often so depressed and miserable that he is unable to think, unable to compete in daily life.
Moreover, diagnosis and effective treatment are in many cases complicated by the fact that this disease may resemble other diseases or be concurrently present with them. Many conditions, such as arthritis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary tuberculosis, peptic ulcer, hypertension, and cholecystitis, may be severely aggravated by bacterial sinusitis. Again, the multiplicity of symptoms exhibited by these frustrated, chronically ill persons can further confuse and impair effective treatment.
Report of Cases
The following 14 cases, selected from the 65
SURBER JR. Chronic Bacterial Allergy of the the Perinasal SinusesA Report of Sixty-Five Cases. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(5):351–360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830170001001