Some 9/11 firefighters suffer severe sinus problems: study

Robert Preidt reports in HealthDay on April 9, 2016 that firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center in the first two days after the terrorist attacks and those who spent more than six months at the site during the recovery are more likely to have sinus surgery than those with lesser exposure.

Those firefighters at the Trade Center for the first two days were 45% more likely to need surgery for their sinus problems than those with less time on the site; those working more than six months were 48% more likely to need surgery than the others.

More than 8,000 firefighters’ medical records were examinied in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society study. Approximately 1,900 of them developed chronic rhinosinusitis and 479 had surgery for the condition.

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