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The Sinusitis Center at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA is a comprehensive program for patients with chronic sinus issues. Led by specialists from both Allergy and ENT/Otolaryngology, the Center is designed to help expedite the diagnosis and treatment for chronic sinusitis, which usually involves separate visits and revisits to multiple departments of a hospital. We can usually provide most or all of the initial evaluation in one day. It also ensures collaboration between a team of specialists, all dedicated to getting you the best possible result.
Have you had something that feels like a cold that never goes away? Or a sinus infection that just won’t stop? The experts in the Tufts MC Sinusitis Center will work together to evaluate symptoms like the examples listed below to find the underlying cause.
The above symptoms are often grouped under the terms “chronic sinusitis” or “rhinosinusitis”
These symptoms are often hard to trace back to a distinct illness. Patients with chronic sinus symptoms often have a long history of multiple kinds of treatment including frequent courses of antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, surgical procedures, allergy shots and even steroid pills with inadequate relief and constantly relapsing symptoms. If you and your physicians are frustrated by your lack of response to treatment and want a reassessment and comprehensive treatment plan you have come to the right place.
Our team evaluates each individual to understand why they are experiencing their distinct symptoms. There are a number of possible causes for these symptoms, including:
Other less common conditions that cause chronic rhinosinusitis and sinusitis include immune deficiencies, forms of vasculitis that involve the sinuses including Wegener’s Granulomatosis and fungal hypersensitivity sinusitis.
To determine the condition that is causing your sinus issues, our team of allergists and otolaryngologists may use one or a combination of the following diagnostic tests depending on your unique symptoms and medical history.
After the initial evaluation and determination of the cause of your symptoms, our ENT and allergy specialists will work together to plan the best course of treatment. We work together to help eliminate needless testing and keep your care as efficient and effective as possible.
If you come from a distance we typically will work with your local physicians and communicate closely with them on a treatment plan. Typically an initial course of treatment will be set up with a time interval to decide whether or not it is working. Chronic long standing conditions often require a number of treatments together or in sequence.
Treatment options vary based on your condition but may include: