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March 1953

IMPORTANCE OF HYPERPLASTIC SINUSITIS IN ETIOLOGY OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

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From the Divisions of Otolaryngology and Allergy, Roosevelt Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;57(3):267-281. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710030287003
Abstract

IT IS THOUGHT worth while to present this study, because (1) too many physicians are inclined to think that vasomotor rhinitis is caused almost entirely by a demonstrable skin-sensitive type of allergy and (2) the diagnosis of hyperplastic sinusitis as a cause of vasomotor rhinitis is overlooked too frequently. This condition occurs mainly in the middle-aged group of patients. Therefore, 105 patients who had known hyperplastic sinusitis and associated vasomotor rhinitis were selected for a complete study allergically and rhinologically to determine the causes, treatment, and results. In other words, I wanted to find out if these patients had the skin-sensitive, or noninfective, type, the infective, or bacterial, type, or the combined skin-sensitive and infective type.

The group was studied with all the diagnostic procedures recommended in a previous paper.1 The skin testing was done by well-recognized allergists, and I examined every patient rhinologically myself. The sinuses of all

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