Journal of Rhinology 2013;20(2):82-87.
Published online November 30, 2013.
Immunologic Role of Fungi in the Pathophysiology of Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Seung Heon Shin
Department Otorhinolaryngology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, Korea.
만성비부동염의 발병과 진균의 면역학적 역할
대구가톨릭대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a very common condition but it's pathogenesis is not completely understood. Although, fungi have been suggested to play an important role in the pathogenesis of CRS, there is a significant controversy among rhinologist. The host defense mechanisms against fungi are numerous ranges from innate immunity to adaptive immunity. Fungal biofilms and superantigens are clearly present on the sinus mucosa of CRS patients; they are interacting with the host immune system in perpetuating chronic inflammation. Fungi also play as an inducer of marked inflammatory reaction by enhancing the production of chemical mediators from respiratory mucosa and inflammatory cells. However, the inability to reduce symptoms and sings of CRS inflammation by antifungal treatment means that the hypothesis that fungi play a role in a majority of the cases of CRS has to be rejected. However, there are not many arguments to suggest a causative role of fungi in CRS and due to the intrinsic or induced change in immunity of CRS patients, fungi might have a disease-modifying role.
Key Words: Sinusitis;Fungi;Immunity

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