Title:
Diagnostic value of specific symptoms for differentiating allergic rhinitis: assessed using a visual analogue scale
Authors:
Y. Zhao , Y. Zhang , F.He , L. Zhang
Institutions:
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Beijing TongRen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China; Beijing Key Laboratory of nasal diseases, Beijing Institute of Otolaryngology, Beijing, PR China; Department of Allergy, Beijing TongRen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China.
Keywords:
Allergic rhinitis, visual analogue scale, symptom, diagnosis
Pages:
85 - 91
Abstract:
Diagnostic value of specific symptoms for differentiating allergic rhinitis: assessed using a visual analogue scale. This study aimed to explore the specific symptoms for differential diagnosis of allergic rhinitis (AR) compared with nonallergic rhinitis (NAR) and chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyposis (CRSsNP). Thirty-nine AR patients, 116 NAR patients, and 44 CRSsNPpatients were recruited. Severity of nasal symptoms was evaluated usingVAS by both the patients and an assigned rhinologist, based on the patient’s description of their symptoms. Both patient and clinician evaluated the VAS scores for the symptoms of watery rhinorrhea, sneezing, itchy nose and itchy eyes significantly higher in AR patients compared to NAR or CRSsNP patients. Itchy eyes were the most valuable for differential diagnosis between AR and NAR, and the itchy nose was the most valuable for differential diagnosis between AR and CRSsNP. These specific symptoms may help in the differentiation ofAR from NAR and CRSsNP at the primary care level.
Issue:
Vol. 14, 2018, 2nd trimester


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Diagnostic value of specific symptoms for differentiating allergic rhinitis: assessed using a visual analogue scale