Atrophic rhinitis is a chronic inflammation of the lining membrane of the nasal cavities resulting in atrophy of tissues, with occasional corresponding changes in the bony structure, and the formation of crusts. It is frequently accompanied by ozena.
While all authorities are practically agreed as to the final sclerosis of the tissues in atrophic rhinitis, there are differences of opinion among observers as to the exact pathologic process by which such a result has been brought about. Is the atrophic condition essentially such from the beginning or is it preceded by hypertrophy? Manifestly, opinion founded upon clinical observation must be surrounded with difficulties. Patients are usually seen during some stage of the process and are seldom under observation from the inception of the disease; often the disease has extended over many years and a satisfactory history of it during the early stages can not be obtained. Occasionally observers have been
RHODES JE. ATROPHIC RHINITIS. CANDIDATE'S THESIS FOR THE AMERICAN LARYNGOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1215–1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260009001c
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