Atrophic rhinitis and ozaena

EBM Guidelines
Nov 7, 2019 • Latest change Mar 25, 2020
Jura Numminen

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  • Atrophic rhinitis is a chronic condition affecting the nasal cavities, caused by progressing atrophy of nasal mucosa and the underlying bones.
  • In atrophic rhinitis, a long-term infection by Klebsiella ozaenae often occurs simultaneously on the mucosae of the nose and paranasal sinuses.
  • Differences in the prevalence between populations exist. In Finland, atrophic rhinits had already started vanishing, but it still occurs in immigrants.
  • Specialist health care is responsible for the final diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Conservative treatment consists of nasal irrigation as well as moisturising drops and sprays, and an adequate humidification of the room air at night.

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