A blocked or congested nose can be annoying, but this woman has had to endure a stuffy nose for more than 18 years.
Nadia Campbell, of Oaklawn, Illinois, couldn’t taste or smell anything and suffered from sinus pain, even after seeing five specialists and undergoing three surgeries.
“Every day there was a problem,” the 38-year-old told ABC News. “I had a dry mouth from breathing through my mouth and constant headaches.”
Campbell was taken to Loyola University Health in Maywood, Illinois, where she was diagnosed with Samter’s triad, a newly recognized medical condition involving a combination of nasal polyps, asthma and a sensitivity to aspirin.
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"Sinus conditions can be very common, but it really takes an academic medical center to diagnose and treat rare cases like Nadia's," Dr. Monica Patadia, MD, otolaryngologist at Loyola University Health System, told Medical Xpress. "I coordinated an integrated medical team, including an allergist/immunologist and pulmonologist, and together we collaborated on Nadia's care and solved her health crisis.”
Dr. Patadia performed several tests, including a computer tomography (CT) scan and used a endoscopic nasal camera to view the nasal polyps.. She performed noninvasive surgery in an outpatient setting, according to Medical Xpress.
"There is not a mark on Nadia's face. We removed the polyps, infected area and opened the sinus cavities all through her nose," said Dr. Patadia, who has performed hundreds of sinus surgeries. "Spacers were left in her nasal passages to promote healing and were removed less than one week after surgery.”
Samter’s triad, also known as aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, or AERD, affect approximately 10 percent of all adults with asthma. About 40 percent of patients with asthma and nasal polyps are sensitive to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital notes. The Boston hospital believes the condition is triggered partially by high levels of cells called eosinophils in the blood and sinuses, which leads to chronic inflammation of airways.
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Immunology treatment desensitized Campbell to aspirin, and allergists and immunologists fine-tuned her medications.
Campbell has required no further imaging since her surgery and was back at work within a week.