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Nasal and Sinus Disease Program


The Department of Head and Neck Surgery

Nasal and Sinus Disease Program

The UCLA Nasal and Sinus Disease Program offers medical and surgical management of allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, and nasal breathing problems associated with allergic and structural problems of the nose.

Program Approach
Patients are evaluated in an initial consultation by an otolaryngologist and an allergist. A complete medical history is obtained, with emphasis on allergy and sinus issues. A full review of work and home environments is conducted. A full examination of the head and neck is performed, and may include endoscopic examination of the nasal cavity and sinuses.

Medical management may involve the use of antibiotics, antihistamine-decongestants, saline irrigation, and nasal steroids. For appropriate patients, a program of allergy avoidance and allergy immunology is started. Patients are instructed in proper care of their sinuses, including regular saline irrigation, steam inhalation, dietary and lifestyle measures. New or investigational drug therapies are offered if appropriate.

If medical treatment does not provide satisfactory relief of symptoms, a surgical approach may be recommended. Surgical modification of sinus anatomy can restore physiologic sinus drainage and ventilation, resolving current symptoms as well as preventing future problems.

For more information, please visit the Nasal and Sinus Disease Program page on the Department of Head and Neck Surgery website.

Telephone Number
(310) 206-6688 Appointment, information and referral

Director Specialty
Wang, Marilene Beth MD Otolaryngology / Head & Neck

Berke, Gerald MD Otolaryngology / Head & Neck
Chhetri, Dinesh Khatri MD Otolaryngology / Head & Neck
Shapiro, Nina MD General Surgery; Otolaryngology / Head & Neck
Suh, Jeffrey MD Otolaryngology / Head & Neck