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Letters to the Editor
April 2003

"Bacteriology of Acute and Chronic Frontal Sinusitis": A Reply—Reply

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(4):497. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.4.496-a

In reply

I am happy to respond to the letter by Dr Gross regarding my study on the microbiology of acute and chronic frontal sinusitis,1 and for the opportunity to clarify the questions posed by him. All specimens included in the study were collected during sinus surgery directly from the frontal sinus. Dr Gross is correct to point out that specimens obtained using endoscopy have a higher rate of possible contamination. However, among the 13 patients with chronic frontal sinusitis, an endoscopic approach was used on only 4 occasions.

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