Robert Bals
The nose is an important body part for the pulmonologist. In
my opinion there are three main reasons why lung doctors
should read this ERS Monograph on “The Nose and Sinuses in
Respiratory Disorders” and learn more about the role of the
nose in lung diseases:
1) The nose represents the upper part of the airways and is thus
an important component of the air conduction system. The
“united airways disease” concept covers physiology as well as
pathomechanisms. Thus, diseases of the lung are often
diseases of the nose, and vice versa.
2) Lung-related symptoms may also originate from diseases of
the nose and therefore the lung physician needs to know the
basic concepts of nasal disorders, including diagnostic
approaches that are available from their ENT colleagues.
3) Therapeutic interventions of diseases of the lung often
include treatment of disorders of the nose.
With this ERS Monograph, we provide the reader with a broad
and detailed overview on the basic biology of the interaction
between the nose and the lung. The various chapters cover a
number of diseases that involve both organs, e.g. cystic fibrosis,
asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis, and the authors also discuss
the effect of diseases of the nose on the lung. The focus is on
the practical aspects of clinical work and providing insight into
diagnostic procedures and therapeutic options in the ENT area.
The Guest Editors, Claus Bachert, Arnaud Bourdin and Pascal
Chanez, have worked very successfully to select the topics and to
integrate these aspects into this ERS Monograph, which
summarises our current knowledge. I thank the Guest Editors
and all of the authors of the individual chapters for their work
on this excellent book. Together, they have produced a practical
publication that comprises information on the scientific
background and the application at the patient’s bed. I am sure
Copyright ©ERS 2017. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-085-9. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-086-6. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. vii
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