The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

The Relationship of the Lower and Upper Airways

Jonathan Bernstein, MD University of Cincinnati Medical School, Cincinnati, Ohio

Topics discussed in this presentation include:
? The conditions and classifications of rhinitis; allergic rhinitis, eosinophilic rhinitis, and non-allergic eosinophilic rhinitis,
? The prevalence of allergic rhinitis,
? The effects of inflammation on the upper airways,
? Nasal bronchial reflexes,
? Inflammatory mediators,
? The association of sinusitis, rhinitis, and asthma,
? Nasal obstruction and mouth breathing,
? The effects of nasal obstruction on asthma,
? Nasal polyps,
? Different treatment options and the effects of each,
? Otitis media and its cost,
? Eustachian tube dysfunction, and
? The importance and impact of treatment on asthma, sinusitis, and chronic otitis media.
This program is intended to raise the standard of care for patients with allergies by disseminating to physicians and allied health clinicians the diagnostic and treatment recommendations contained in The Allergy Report. The Report is a broad-based consensus document and best practices model designed to modify clinical practical behaviors. Attendees will learn how disorders of the upper airways, such as allergic rhinitis, may coexist with exacerbate disorders of the lower airways, such as asthma and bronchitis.

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