Sinus Infections and Nasal Disorders

Sinus Infections and Nasal Disorders

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Whether you suffer from chronic stuffiness, facial pain or pressure, difficulty breathing through your nose, or a diminished sense of smell, Duke otolaryngologists can help. We offer advanced care to children and adults with a range of sinus and nasal problems, including chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, sinus infections, nasal allergies, deviated septum, nasal or sinus tumors, sarcoidosis, and cystic fibrosis. Our specialists have the expertise and treatments to bring you rapid relief and return you to your active, healthy lifestyle. 

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Treatments

Novel Medication Delivery Methods

In-office gel application, nebulizers, and atomizers are available in addition to conventional sprays in order to deliver the appropriate medications (steroids, antibiotics, allergy medications) into your sinuses without you having to take oral medications.

Drug-Eluting Sinus Stents

Inserted by a catheter through the nose into the sinus cavity, these scaffold-like devices prop open the sinuses and release an anti-inflammatory medication that reduces polyp formation and promotes healing.

Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery

This outpatient procedure is performed via high-definition video endoscopy and specialized instruments passed through the nose. A sophisticated image-guidance system serves as a “GPS” device, allowing the surgeon to perform safe and thorough surgery. No outside incisions are used and pain is minimal. More important, nasal packing is almost never used and patients can return to normal activity within a few days.

Balloon Sinuplasty

A small balloon is inflated inside your nose to expand sinus passages, improve drainage, and provide long-lasting relief of sinus pain and congestion. This can be performed in the office with minimal pain and recovery time.

Nasal Polypectomy

The doctor removes polyps that obstruct your nasal passages or sinuses. For patients who have recurrent polyps, thorough surgery with appropriate postoperative medications will minimize the chance that your polyps will grow back.

Septoplasty

Straightens a deviated septum. After the procedure, patients typically notice improved breathing and almost immediate relief from chronic nasal obstruction.

Turbinate Reduction Surgery

Turbinectomy reduces the size of bony structures (turbinates) in the nose. The improvement in breathing is almost immediate.

Aera System

Used to treat chronic ear tube dysfunction. During this minimally invasive procedure, a catheter is used to insert a small balloon through the nose and into the Eustachian tube. The balloon is inflated, which opens the Eustachian tube and allows air to flow through. Once the tube is open, the balloon is deflated and removed.

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Tests

Nasal Endoscopy

A flexible or rigid endoscope (a small, high-resolution telescope with a light) is passed through your nose to view the nasal passages, sinuses, and throat. It is used to check for polyps, infection, swelling, and other causes of sinus and nasal symptoms. It is performed with a local anesthetic and is painless.

Allergy Skin Testing

Your skin is gently pricked with tiny amounts of various allergens, using a plastic device, to identify what triggers your symptoms. You will also have the option to undergo immunotherapy, which consists of either allergy shots or oral tablets.

Imaging Scans

CT or MRI scans may be used to visualize the nasal and sinus structures and check for swelling, infection, and other problems. The scans can help your doctor determine the cause of your symptoms and which treatments will provide relief. These CT and MRI scans are compatible with the navigation system that is used during surgery.

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Why Choose Duke

Advanced Care
We offer the latest nonsurgical therapies as well as highly effective, minimally invasive office procedures to safely clear up clogged sinuses, heal chronic infection, and help you breathe easier. Several of the treatments we offer require advanced training and skill and are not widely available.

Latest Technologies
We use drug-eluting sinus stents and implants to treat sinus and nasal disorders; in-office balloon dilation of the sinuses; stereotactic computer navigation for safe, precise and thorough sinus surgery; and novel medication delivery methods. We evaluate your needs and recommend the most effective treatment.

Experts with Advanced Training
Your care team includes rhinologists (doctors with specialty training in diseases of the nose and sinuses) and other otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors) who work closely with allergists, pulmonologists (doctors specializing in lung diseases), speech and voice therapists, and any other specialists across Duke Health that you may need.

Advanced Medical Records Technology
Our secure online portal, Duke MyChart, allows you to view test results, make appointments, request prescription refills, and message your doctor using any Web-enabled device. Our technology also allows anyone on your care team to securely access your health information, making sure you always get the care that's right for you and based on the latest evidence.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
In addition, Duke University Hospital is proud to be named the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.