It is a source of much relief and gratification to discover the fundamental cause of an obscure chain of symptoms, and when enabled to effect an immediate removal of the cause, and thus a radical cure of the disease, we experience a sense of rejoicing which repays us, abundantly, for the many disheartening cases necessarily encountered.
Mr. E., æt. about 40, native of Russian Poland, has suffered during the past thirteen years from an obstruction of the left nasal chamber. Thick, viscid, and foul muco-purulent crusts accumulated in the naris and naso-pharyngeal space, which he could neither expectorate nor evacuate by "blowing the nose," because of the impenetrability of the nostril to currents of air. Partial occlusion, also, of the right nasal chamber necessitated frequent and prolonged resource to mouth-breathing, and he has suffered in consequence from atrophic pharyngitis and laryngitis, with painful deglutition, cough, suffocative paroxysms, etc.
CASSELBERRY WE. A CASE OF MEMBRANOUS OCCLUSION OF THE POSTERIOR TERIOR NARES, WITH OPERATIONS BY THE GALVANO-CAUTERY. JAMA. 1885;V(6):148–150. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391050008001b
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