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July 24, 1915

TUBERCULOSIS OF THE FRONTAL SINUS: REPORT OF TWO CASES

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PALO ALTO, CALIF.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(4):308-310. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580040018005
Abstract

Tuberculosis of the frontal sinus, judging from the published reports, is an extremely rare disease, only five cases having been reported at the present date. Tuberculosis of other nasal accessory sinuses is relatively more common but is likewise rare, though in recent years observations increase rapidly to the effect that a large proportion of cases of chronic sinusitis occur in the tuberculous though the sinus discharge may not contain the tubercle bacillus. In this connection Hajek1 remarks that it is likely the tuberculous lymphatic constitution disposes to the chronicity of empyema and that postmortem findings agree with this experience, proving the relatively frequent occurrence of accessory sinus inflammation in the tuberculous. Gleitsmann2 and Collet3 have collected from several authors the reports of 310 postmortem examinations of tuberculous cadavers, in ninety-one of which there was found accessory sinus disease. As to tuberculosis of the accessory sinuses recognized in

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