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That we possess no positive knowledge regarding the etiology of adenoid vegetations, as found in the naso-pharynx, can be ascertained by a brief study of the opinions expressed by writers on this subject. Scrofula, heredity, the acute exanthems, cold and dampness of climate and whooping cough, have all been mentioned as etiologic factors, while Gruber asserts that neither climate nor occupation appear to influence their development.
In a paper, "Suggestions Regarding Treatment of Diseases of the Ears and Throat in Children," read before the Medical Society of the State of California, April 1894, the following statements appear: "For the past three years, I have lost no opportunity of investigating the etiology of adenoid vegetations, and the results have been in every way confirmatory of former experiences. Five years ago, I removed adenoid vegetations from the pharyngeal vaults of three children, all of the same family; two girls and a boy,
O'TOOLE MC. QUESTIONS REGARDING THE ETIOLOGY OF ADENOID VEGETATIONS AS FOUND IN THE NASO-PHARYNGEAL CAVITIES.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(10):542. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440620030001j