Histopathologic Features of Chronic Sinusitis Precipitated by Odontogenic Infection

Anish Raman, Peter Papagiannopoulos, Hannah N. Kuhar, Paolo Gattuso, Pete S. Batra, Bobby A. Tajudeen

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Background: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a heterogeneous disease process that can arise in the context of odontogenic disease from the maxillary teeth. The histopathologic features of odontogenic CRS (CRSo) have yet to be determined and may have important implications on disease management and need for escalation of therapy. Objectives: The objectives of this study are to characterize the histopathologic features of CRSo and determine whether the inflammatory profile of CRSo contributes to its recalcitrance to medical therapy and need for surgery in a subset of patients with this disease. Methods: A structured histopathology report was used to analyze sinus tissue removed during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). Histopathology variables, Lund–Mackay scores (LMS), and Sinonasal Outcome Test-22 scores were compared among CRSo patients, CRS without nasal polyps (CRSsNP) patients, and CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) patients. Results: Twenty-three CRSo, 38 CRSwNP, and 53 CRSsNP patients who underwent FESS were analyzed. Compared to CRSsNP, CRSo exhibited increased moderate–severe inflammation (73.9% vs 41.5%, P <.009). Compared to CRSwNP, CRSo had decreased squamous metaplasia (0.0% vs 18.4%, P <.03) and decreased fibrosis (26.1% vs 63.2%, P <.005). Eosinophilia was prevalent in CRSo but to a lesser extent than in CRSwNP (39.1% vs 63.2%, P <.05). CRSo cases had significantly lower mean LMS compared to CRSwNP (7.83 ± 2.77 vs12.18 ± 6.77, P <.005). Conclusion: CRSo exhibits histopathologic features similar to those of CRSsNP with more severe inflammation. Moreover, eosinophilia, which is not typically considered to coexist with CRSo, was present in a large portion of CRSo patients. These findings may help explain at the inflammatory level why select cases of CRSo may be recalcitrant to medical and dental therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Sinonasal Outcome Test-22
  • chronic disease
  • chronic rhinosinusitis
  • functional endoscopic sinus surgery
  • histology
  • medical therapy of chronic rhinosinusitis
  • nasal polyps
  • odontogenic
  • sinus surgery
  • treatment


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