A 55-year-old female asked:
what autoimmune diseases can cause chronic sinusitis?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
Wegener: I only know of wegener's granulomatosis.
Answered on Feb 23, 2018
Dr. Mark Loury answered
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Almost all: Any autoimmune condition can affect the nose usually with discolored drainage and congestion. The typical appearance is superficial yellow to bloody crusting affecting the nearly the entire nasal lining. Nothing about the appearance points to a specific diagnosis. Wegeners granulomatosis is more likely to cause cartilage destruction. Treat with saline rinses, topical steroids sprays, sesame oil.
Answered on Nov 1, 2018
Dr. Loren Hunt answered
47 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Low gamma globulin: Immune deficiencies associated with repeated sinusitis are usually those associated with very low or absent gamma globulin, or rarely, deficiency of selective globulins such as igg2, or igg1. Patients with IgA deficiencies are usually normal but can occasionally get more frequent sinusitis. Absence of mannose-bind lectins could cause sinusitis, but most of these patients are normal.
Answered on May 9, 2017
Dr. Bernstein Joel answered
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Terrific question: In general, auto-immune diseases are not commonly associated with sinusitis. On the other hand, it is possible that sinusitis itself can be an autoimmune disease. If an auto-immune disease is associated with some immunological deficiency, then any cavity in the body may be susceptible to infection.
Answered on Jun 23, 2019
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