Effect of pulsed ultrasound on chronic rhinosinusitis: A case report

Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, Mojtaba Fathali, Soofia Naghdi, Scott Hasson

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This case report demonstrates that pulsed ultrasound (US), when used for a total of 20 treatment sessions, provided symptom relief to a patient with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). A 16-year-old boy with a 12-month history of rhinosinusitis and candidate for sinus surgery was referred for ultrasound therapy. He presented with facial pain/pressure, nasal obstruction, and postnasal drip (total sinusitis score=7). On computed tomographic (CT) scanning, the total opacification of the right maxillary sinus was observed. The ostiomeatal complex was occluded (total CT score=6). Pulsed ultrasound was administered three times a week, every other day. After 10 treatment sessions, his symptoms were resolved with exception of nasal obstruction being mild (total sinusitis score=2). On CT scan, right maxillary sinus showed partial improvement (total CT score=2). After additional 10 treatments, the nasal obstruction was resolved, and follow-up CT scan of his sinuses showed that right maxillary sinus was clear and normal. At 6-month follow-up, the positive effects were maintained and the patient reported no recurrence of symptoms. Twenty sessions of pulsed ultrasound therapy eradicated the CRS and resolved the symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-563
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiotherapy Theory and Practice
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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