Boise ENT Helps With Systemic Conditions and Illnesses

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There are many systemic illnesses affecting multiple organ systems which can also have manifestations in the ear nose and throat. An Otolaryngologist can help with early detection, accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment. 

Peter Killian MD at Treasure Valley Nasal and Sinus Center is an excellent resource throughout Southwest Idaho for systemic illnesses that have nasal and sinus manifestations.  He works closely and collaborates patient care with allergists & immunologists, pulmonologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, internal medicine, and family practice physicians. Systemic illnesses that are primarily treated by other primary care or subspecialist physicians but may also benefit from an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) include:
  • Nasal Allergies and Asthma are common conditions activated by the immune system. See our Nasal Polyps and Allergies page to learn about how we can work with an allergist to improve nasal allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, but the same genetic abnormality that causes disease in the pulmonary and digestive systems also causes problems in the lining of the nose and sinuses. Patients with cystic fibrosis often struggle with chronic bacterial infections and nasal polyps.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) is an autoimmune disease causing widespread inflammation throughout the body. This can include inflammation of the nose and sinuses.
  • Sarcoidosis is another systemic condition that most often causes problems in the lungs and lymph nodes. It can cause small, non-cancerous inflammatory growths, in the nasal and sinus cavities.
  • Polyangiitis with Granulomatosis (formerly called Wegener’s granulomatosis) is a rare long term systemic disorder that cause inflammation (vasculitis) and granulomas of the blood vessels, including those in the nose, sinuses, and throat. Any type of inflammation of the nasal and sinus cavities can mimic the symptoms of other ear, nose, and throat conditions we’ve discussed
  • Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA) (formerly called Churg-Strauss syndrome) is a rare chronic systemic disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis).  Patients suffer from very high levels of eosinophils, one of the white blood cell types that contributes to inflammation.  Asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps are common conditions patients with EGPA suffer from.
  • Relapsing Polychondritis causes painful inflammation in cartilage. This may include the cartilage in the nose and ears.

Regardless of the systemic disease you may have, Dr. Killian is here to work with your allergist/immunologists, pulmonologist, rheumatologists, neurologists, or other specialists to do our part in bringing relief to your worst ear, nose, and throat symptoms. As an otolaryngologist and fellowship trained rhinologist (focusing on the nose and paranasal sinuses), Dr. Killian is uniquely equipped to help you.


If you live in the Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, Caldwell, or Eagle area, or Southwest Idaho, and are ready to take the next step toward better health, contact Treasure Valley Nasal and Sinus Center by calling (208) 593-4484 today to get help.
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