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May 25, 1901

AN OVERLOOKED NASAL FACTOR IN EAR DISEASE.

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PITTSBURG, PA.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(21):1469-1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470210019002e
Abstract

In a considerable research of the literature bearing on nasal conditions causative of ear diseases, the writer failed to find mention of what seemed to him a condition ranking second only to stenosis as a factor; and in a discussion of the indications for intranasal treatment of ear diseases by members of the Section of Laryngology and Otology of the British Medical Association last year, no mention was made of it, though the subject was fully discussed by the leading nose and throat surgeons of Great Britain. The condition referred to will be comprehended by a glance at the diagrams. It consists in the often observed hypertrophic thickenings on, usually, both sides of the vomer near the posterior free margin, which deflect the inrushing blast of dust-laden, dry, cold air against the Eustachian eminences, resulting in perpetual irritation of the mucous membrane in the vicinity of the tube mouths. This

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