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January 25, 1890

EPILEPSY CAUSED BY INTRA-NASAL DISEASE.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(4):111-113. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410040003001a

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Within a few years certain nervous phenomena, the causes of which have not been positively ascertained, or have been attributed to other organs, have finally been traced to some existing disease within the nasal passages or pharynx.

Hay fever, or hyperæsthetic rhinitis, manifests itself in a hyperæsthesia of the mucous membrane of the nose, or in an irritable condition of the nerve filaments distributed to this membrane. The existence in the nose of well-defined sensitive areas has been demonstrated. The application of the galvano-cautery to these spots is often successful in permanently curing this distressing disease.

Since the report of a case of asthma from intra-nasal disease by Voltolini in 1871, numerous other cases of a like nature have been reported from time to time by various observers. I have no doubt, as time goes on and nasal surgery becomes more thoroughly and generally understood, we shall be able to

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