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June 1933

NASAL SECRETIONSTHE VALUE OF CYTOLOGIC EXAMINATION TO THE RHINOLOGIST

Author Affiliations

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

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(6):783-786. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050775007
Abstract

Attention has been drawn in recent years to the value of the cytologic examination of nasal secretions in the diagnosis of diseases of the nose and accessory sinuses. Sewall1 stressed the presence of polymorphonuclear leukocytes in chronic sinusitis; Hansel,2 Kahn and Stout,3 Johnson and Goldstein4 and others noted the importance of eosinophils in the diagnosis of nasal allergy. We wish to present the results of a hundred routine examinations of nasal smears taken from patients with acute and chronic rhinitis and sinusitis, and to emphasize the value of cytologic examination to the rhinologist.

Results of Investigation in a Hundred Cases

Number of Cases Showing Given Percentage

of Eosinophils in Nasal Smear

Condition

0

1-5%

5-10%

10-100%

Total

Acute infections of upper respiratory tract........

11

0

0

0

11

Vasomotor rhinotis* (with and without superadded

infection) .......................................

2†

0

9

58

69

Chronic suppurative sinusitis ......................

18

2

0

0

20

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