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Am Fam Physician. 2006 Jan 1;73(1):33.

The article “Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis in Adults: Part I. Evaluation” (November 1, 2004, page 1685), contained errors in Tables 4 and 6. In Table 4 (page 1688), which discussed clinical findings and imaging studies for diagnosis of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, the sensitivity and specificity for opacification were inadvertently transposed, and should have been listed as 41 percent sensitivity and 85 percent specificity. In Table 6 (page 1689), which discussed the Berg prediction rule, the footnotes were incorrect. The online version of this article has been corrected, and the corrected Table 6 is reprinted above.

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TABLE 6

Berg Prediction Rule*

Probability of sinusitis (%)
FindingsSinusitisNo sinusitisLikelihood ratioGiven 15% probabilityGiven 40% probability

3 or 4

55

10

7.0

55

82

2

10

10

1.3

18

46

0 or 1

3

67

0.06

1

4

Totals

68

87


*—Uses sinus aspiration as the reference standard.

†—Presence of the following signs or symptoms: purulent rhinorrhea with unilateral predominance, local pain with unilateral predominance, bilateral purulent rhinorrhea, and presence of pus in nasal cavity.

Information from Berg O, Carenfelt C. Analysis of symptoms and clinical signs in the maxillary sinus empyema. Acta Otolaryngol 1988;105:343–9.

TABLE 6

Berg Prediction Rule*

Probability of sinusitis (%)
FindingsSinusitisNo sinusitisLikelihood ratioGiven 15% probabilityGiven 40% probability

3 or 4

55

10

7.0

55

82

2

10

10

1.3

18

46

0 or 1

3

67

0.06

1

4

Totals

68

87


*—Uses sinus aspiration as the reference standard.

†—Presence of the following signs or symptoms: purulent rhinorrhea with unilateral predominance, local pain with unilateral predominance, bilateral purulent rhinorrhea, and presence of pus in nasal cavity.

Information from Berg O, Carenfelt C. Analysis of symptoms and clinical signs in the maxillary sinus empyema. Acta Otolaryngol 1988;105:343–9.


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