Objectives: We evaluated the quality of life of patients
with nasal polyposis and sought correlations between clinical
and laboratory parameters and quality of life.
P a tients and Methods: Thirty-two patients (8 females, 24
males; mean age 43 years; range 15 to 68 years) with
nasal polyposis were evaluated by history, physical examination,
endoscopy, computed tomography (CT), nasal
smear, and skin prick tests. Quality of life was assessed
using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36).
Results: The mean CT score showed a weak correlation with
symptom and endoscopic scores (p<0.05), whereas the latter two
scores were not correlated. All the SF-36 scales were adversely
influenced, particularly including the scores for role limitation
caused by emotional problems, general perception of health, vitality,
and role limitation caused by physical problems. An inverse
correlation was found between increasing age and complaints of
pain (p<0.05). Symptom scores were correlated only with role limitation
caused by emotional problems (p<0.05). Duration of nasal
symptoms was correlated with increased scores for role limitation
caused by physical problems, mental health, social functioning,
and pain (p<0.05). Computed tomography stage was correlated
with role limitation caused by emotional problems, pain, and
social functioning, whereas CT scores showed correlation only
with pain (p<0.05). The presence of asthma adversely influenced
general perception of health scores (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Nasal polyposis adversely affects the quality
of life of patients, the extent of deterioration being more
prominent in certain subscales.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Günlük yaşam aktiviteleri; endoskopi; sağlıkdurumu; sağlık anketi; burun polibi/komplikasyon; yaşam kalitesi;anket; hastalık şiddeti indeksi; bilgisayarlı tomografi.