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July 14, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(11):1060-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670110080027

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Chronic Laryngitis.  —Prof. Ernesto Pallestrini, recently appointed director of the otorhinolaryngological clinic of the University of Genoa, lectured on chronic laryngitis. Functional laryngeal changes occur during treatment with estrogenic substances. Allergic manifestations, such as the edema of the laryngeal tissues and of the glottis with dysphonia and dyspnea, are now better recognized. Some pathological conditions of the laryngeal mucosa attributed in the past to neuroarthritism and to hormone dysfunction are now known to be due to vitamin deficiencies. Endocrinology has contributed important information on, for example, the interrelation of the larynx and the adrenals and of the sex hormone dysfunctions that cause laryngeal dysfunctions.According to the speaker constitutional conditions are of fundamental importance in maintaining or aggravating, but never determining, laryngitis. In catarrhal laryngitis, clinical observation aids in establishing the presence and the prevalence of epithelial injuries, injuries of the connective tissue, muscular lesions, and nervous lesions. The predominance

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