Do imaging studies aid diagnosis of acute sinusitis?
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Accurate diagnosis of acute sinusitis in both children and adults depends on the history and clinical examination of the patient. While the clinical signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis are often difficult to distinguish from viral upper respiratory infection, such an assessment remains the best approach to diagnosing acute sinusitis (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A). There is no role for imaging in the diagnosis of acute sinusitis. For patients who have persistent symptoms, or those for whom surgery is being considered, some guidelines suggest that coronal computed tomography (CT) scan of the paranasal sinuses be considered (SOR: C, expert opinion).
Journal of Family Practice, 52(7) 2003: 565-567.