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Table 1 ABRS diagnosis requires the presence of at least 2 of the following symptomsa

From: Choosing Wisely Canada rhinology recommendations

PFacial Pain/pressure/fullness
ONasal Obstruction
DPurulent/discoloured nasal or postnasal Discharge
SHyposmia/anosmia (Smell)
  1. aAt least 1 symptom must be nasal obstruction or nasal purulence/discoloured postnasal discharge. Thus, a diagnosis requires at least two PODS, one of which must be O or D
  2. Consider ABRS when symptoms persist beyond 7 to 10 days, or worsens after 5 to 7 days following an initial improvement (“double worsening”)