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May 14, 1938

RHINOSPORIDIOSIS IN THE UNITED STATESREPORT OF A CASE ORIGINATING IN TEXAS

Author Affiliations

DALLAS, TEXAS; LONGVIEW, TEXAS

JAMA. 1938;110(20):1641-1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200009003
Abstract

Approximately one year ago, Dr. J. D. Roberts submitted for microscopic study an unusual polypoid mass removed by him from the nose of a patient residing in eastern Texas. The sections prepared from this mass revealed large endosporulating organisms in various stages of their development and obviously different from any organisms previously encountered in the study of surgical or of autopsy material. No great difficulty, however, was experienced in finding adequate descriptions of these organisms and of the lesions which they produce. About the same time a paper on the pathology of rhinosporidiosis by Karunaratne1 of the Ceylon Medical College appeared, covering the main features of the disease and its causative agent. Rhinosporidiosis, as the name implies, involves most frequently nasal structures, especially the nasal septum. It is a comparatively rare disease of world-wide distribution, produced by a readily demonstrable endo-sporulating vegetable parasite known as Rhinosporidium seeberi. The disease has been recognized most frequently in India and on the neighboring island of

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