Basic Summary for Sinusitis


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Main name of condition: Sinusitis
Other names or spellings: Sinus infection, Sinus inflammation, sinus attack


What is Sinusitis?
  Brief description of Sinusitis: Infection of any of the sinus cavities.
  Parent types of Sinusitis: Over-diagnosed conditions, Common Conditions
  Organs Affected by Sinusitis: sinus
  Types of Sinusitis: Acute Sinusitis, Chronic Recurrent, Recurrent Recurrent, Frontal sinus infection, Maxillary sinus infection, Ethmoid sinus infection, Sphenoid sinus infection, Bacterial sinusitis, Fungal sinusitis, Chronic Sinusitis
How many people get Sinusitis?
  Prevalance of Sinusitis: 37 million annually in the USA; 33 million reported to CDC (NIAID)
  Prevalance Rate of Sinusitis: approx 1 in 7 or 13.60% or 37 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Sinusitis: Health care experts estimate that 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. Health care workers report 33 million cases of chronic sinusitis to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annually.1
How serious is Sinusitis?
  Complications of Sinusitis: see complications of Sinusitis
What causes Sinusitis?
  Cause of Sinusitis: Can be bacterial or fungal infections.
  Causes of Sinusitis: see causes of Sinusitis
What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?
  Symptoms of Sinusitis: see symptoms of Sinusitis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Sinusitis: see treatments for Sinusitis
  Prevention of Sinusitis: see prevention of Sinusitis
Society issues for Sinusitis
  Costs of Sinusitis: more than $5.8 billion in 1996 (NIAID)
  Hospitalization statistics for Sinusitis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Sinusitis:
  • 0.007% (857) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 36 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 72% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.004% (1,962) of hospital bed days were for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.045% (5,691) of hospital consultant episodes were for chronic sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 13% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for chronic sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for chronic sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 45 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for chronic sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 22% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic sinusitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.014% (7,300) of hospital bed days were for chronic sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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