(Reuters Health) - People who suffer from a common chronic sinus disorder may be more likely than those who dont to develop depression and anxiety, a Korean study suggests.
Researchers focused on chronic rhinosinusitis, which happens when the cavities around the nasal passages are inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks. Symptoms can include facial pain and headaches, nasal obstruction and an impaired sense of smell.
The condition has long been linked to a lower quality of life and problems with physical, social, emotional and cognitive functioning, researchers note in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Even though depression and anxiety commonly accompany chronic rhinosinusitis, its unclear whether the mental health issues preceded or followed the sinus issues.
Up to 15 percent of adults suffer chronic rhinosinusitis at some point in time, previous research suggests.
The current study focused on 16,224 South Korean patients treated for chronic rhinosinusitis from 2002 to 2013 as well as a comparison group of 32,448 similar people who didnt have this issue. None of them had a history of depression or anxiety.
During 11 years of follow-up, patients with chronic sinusitis were over 50 percent more likely to develop depression or anxiety.
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