(HealthDay News) — After functional endoscopic sinus surgery, patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) report better quality of life and improved sleep, regardless of whether or not they had a sleep disorder, according to research published online September 10 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Jeremiah Alt, MD, PhD, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues used questionnaires to check outcomes for 405 patients who underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery for medically refractory symptoms of CRS. Sixty people also had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Following surgery, patients with and without OSA improved on several measures, including quality of life and disease severity. Patients without OSA reported greater improvements on sleep quality.
The link between obstructive sleep apnea and chronic sinus problems is unclear, Alt told HealthDay, but might include changes in how air flows through the nose and airways, or how sleep affects the body’s ability to manage infection.