May 9, 1931


Author Affiliations

From the laryngologic department of New York University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College.

JAMA. 1931;96(19):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720450013006

This paper is presented because of the relative rarity of literature on nasal parasites and the limited remarks found in textbooks on rhinology.

REPORT OF CASE  M. H., a girl, aged 15 years, presented herself to the laryngologic clinic of New York University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, complaining of a marked nasal discharge and the hawking of pus. The latter symptom was always preceded by a tickling sensation in the roof of the mouth.A vigorous attempt to clear the throat resulted in the expectoration of a living insect, many-legged, dark brown and about 1 cm. long. The appearance of the insects occurred at intervals, usually from two to four weeks apart. Only one or two, rarely three insects appeared at any one time. The patient first noticed the "buggs" in May, 1929, following an appendectomy, which was complicated by persistent vomiting. She recalls that only once, previous to

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