Background: Recent studies have suggested that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) may have a higher risk of stroke although the data are still limited. The current systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted with the aims to identify all studies that investigated this relationship and summarize their results together to better characterize the risk of stroke among patients with CRS. Methods: A comprehensive literature review was conducted by searching for published articles in MEDLINE and EMBASE databases from inception to October 2018 to identify all observational studies that compared the risk of stroke among patients with CRS to individuals without CRS.

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