European Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Original Article

Medical Identification Use in Patients with Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease


Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Ottawa, Ottowa, Canada


West Carleton Secondary School, Ottawa, Canada


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottowa, Canada


Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottowa, Canada

Eur J Rhinol Allergy 2022; 5: 31-34
DOI: 10.5152/ejra.2022.22010
Read: 262 Downloads: 155 Published: 12 August 2022

Background: Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease is characterized by asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, and sensitivity to aspirin and other cyclooxygenase-1 inhibitors. The use of medical identification by patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease can provide essential information to prevent accidental exposure to cyclooxygenase-1 inhibitor medications. There is no available literature on medical identification use in the aspirinexacerbated respiratory disease patient population.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey study was designed to measure the perception of the need for a medical identification and its use by the patients diagnosed with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease at The Ottawa Hospital.

Results: Six hundred eighty patients were identified in our registry with a documented sensitivity to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs or aspirin; 12 additional patients were identified during a clinical visit. A total of 68 patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease met the inclusion criteria. Twenty-one patients were successfully enrolled. The majority (81%, n=17) of the patients were not using any medical identification. The most common reason reported by patients for not using the medical identification was a lack of knowledge and awareness regarding its significance.

Conclusion: In this survey of patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, patients were found to have little knowledge regarding the benefits of medical identification use. Subsequently, medical identification use was very limited, supporting a clear need for further patient education and awareness.

Cite this article as: Alqabasani M, Alkherayf N, Lasso A, Kilty S. Medical identification use in patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. Eur J Rhinol Allerg 2022;5(2):31-34.

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