chronic-rhinosinusitisAccording to a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins, a protein that was known to stimulate growth of blood vessel has now been found to be behind the cell overgrowth in the development of polyps characterizing one of the most severe forms of sinusitis.

Jean Kim, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Allergy and Asthma Center at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said that the sinusitis is not subtle in its nature.

This finding has given a new target to scientists to develop novel therapies for treating this disease form, which usually resist all present-day treatments.