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June 2006

Perception of Airflow Is More Important Than Actual Airflow

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(6):597. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.6.597

In this issue of the ARCHIVES, Berger et al1 present a thorough analysis of the histopathologic characteristics of inferior turbinates. The turbinates that they studied were removed from patients with clinically diagnosed nasal obstruction that was unresponsive to medical treatments. They analyzed inferior turbinate connective tissue, glands, and arterial structures but did not study nerve tissue. It is well known that the nervous structures that measure the sensation of nasal airflow are located in the mucosal epithelium.

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