What are the AAAAI/ACAAI guideline criteria for a diagnosis of acute rhinosinusitis (ARS)?

Updated: Apr 22, 2020
  • Author: Ted L Tewfik, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Answer

The 2014 AAAAI/ACAAI practice parameter provides the following classification for rhinosinusitis [13] :

Acute rhinosinusitis (ARS)

Some or all of the following symptoms must exist for less than 12 weeks:

  • Persistent upper respiratory infection
  • Purulent rhinorrhea
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Anosmia
  • Nasal congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Cough

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