Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Isolated Chronic Sphenoidal Sinusitis in a Post-sinus Surgery Patient: A Case Report

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Isolated chronic sphenoidal sinusitis is extremely rare. One major medical center in New York City reported only 132 total cases seen in over two decades. Following sinus surgery, a 24-year-old female presented with isolated chronic sphenoid sinus disease. Somato-visceral reflexes, cervical and thoracic hypertonicity, blocked lymphatic drainage and restricted cranial movement can exacerbate any chronic sinusitis. After removing these somatic dysfunctions, her classic symptoms of chronic sinusitis (postnasal drip and inability to equalize pressures in both ears) resolved, and her pain, tenderness, and asymmetry either decreased or completely resolved. Use of these techniques in an individual with chronic sinusitis proved to be beneficial. Applied to any patient presenting in the primary care setting with symptoms of acute sinusitis, allergy, or asthma, this may reduce the chance for development or chronic sinusitis and the attendant risks associated with isolated chronic sphenoidal sinusitis.

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American Academy of Osteopathy Journal





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This article was published in the American Academy of Osteopathy Journal, Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 24-27.

The published version is available at http://digital.turn-page.com/issue/27110/23

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