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December 7, 1970

Nasal Filling

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Springfield, Ohio

JAMA. 1970;214(10):1890. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180100080029

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To the Editor.—  When the head is inverted so that a line through the tragus and the canthus is horizontal, the nasal volume averages 10 to 20 cc. This means that the nose will hold this much fluid bilaterally, without any forced entry of the fluid into the sinuses, up to the point where the fluid either runs out of the nares, or overflows onto the roof of the soft palate and into the pharynx.This fact has caused me to discard the drop or spray method of treatment as totally inadequate, and to use instead what might be called the nasal filling, or the funnel flushing, or simply the flooding method. Really unnamed as yet, it might even be called by its ego-tickling eponym. With the head in the position described, and using a small funnel, the nasal cavity is filled through the nares with the warmed solution. This