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July 1932

VASOMOTOR RHINITISITS TREATMENT BY THE INJECTION OF ALCOHOL INTO THE SPHENOPALATINE GANGLION

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, the University of Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(1):83-88. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040090009
Abstract

Much has been written in recent years on the subject of vasomotor rhinitis. The importance of protein sensitivity, bacterial allergy, endocrine dysfunction, neurosis and anatomic nasal abnormalities as etiologic and predisposing causes has been fully discussed. Treatment directed at all and each of these factors has been advocated. All authors agree on the difficulties of diagnosis and the frequent unsatisfactory results of treatment. The object of this paper is to present for consideration the type of case in which none of the foregoing factors seems to play a part, to report the results of treatment of vasomotor rhinitis by the injection of alcohol into the sphenopalatine ganglion in a series of ninety cases and to urge that only the most conservative intranasal surgical intervention be used in the treatment of this disease.

Vasomotor rhinitis is by no means a new disease. Sir St. Clair Thomson,1 writing of it

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