We experienced a case of 59-year-old woman with intractable asthma, who had aspirin intolerance. Despite various treatments including systemic corticosteroid administration, she was often admitted due to severe asthma attacks. Furthermore, she had allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. Computed tomography (CT) scans of sinonasal cavity revealed marked thickness of nasal mucosa and air-fluid level in maxillary sinuses. Although her asthma symptoms such as wheezing and dyspnea were improved by
administration of bronchodilator, systemic corticosteroids and beclomethasone diisoccyanate (BDI) accompanied with spa therapy, her peak expiratory flow (PEF) showed no improvement. After readmission due to asthma attacks, clarithromycin (CAM) administration for sinonasal disorders was started. The PEF value showed marked improvement after starting CAM administration, and pulmonary functions and bronchial hyperresponsiveness were also improved. It is suggested from her clinical course that CAM may have beneficial effects in asthmatic patients with sinonasal disorders.
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