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Background and Objectives:Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis, asthma and aspirin sensitivity characterize Samter’s triad. The sinusitis associated with the triad is often difficult to treat and aggravates the asthmatic symptoms. This study was conducted to evaluate the feature of the triad and the outcome of endoscopic sinus surgey (ESS) as a treatment for chronic paranasal sinusitis with nasal polyposis in patients with Samter’s triad. Materials and Method:The study group contained 16 patients with the triad who were compared with the control group (60 patients). The study was conducted in retrospective fashion focusing clinical characteristics, recurrence and re-operation rate of sinusitis and severity of asthma. Results:ESS in Samter’s triad patients was effective on the improvement of nasal symptoms. Fourteen of 16 patients recurred after ESS. Seven patients of 14 patients received systemic steroid therapy. Four patients of 7 patients underwent revision surgery. Three patients had asthmatic attack after postoperative use of analgesics. There was no significant improvement of asthmatic symptoms after ESS. Conclusion:This study suggests that the surgical intervention was less effective on Samter’s triad patients. The recurrence and reoperation rate of nasal polyposis in Samter’s triad patients were high. The use of NSAID should be avoided after ESS in asthmatics with nasal polyposis. (Korean J Otolaryngol 2003;46:126-30)