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October 29, 1892

NASO-PHARYNGEAL LESIONS DUE TO CENTRAL VASO-MOTOR CAUSES.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(18):516-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420180009001g

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It has long been known by laryngologiste that various lesions of the naso-pharynx are essentially nervous diseases, dependent on central causes, but the literature of the subject is not extensive, nor do any very definite conclusions appear to have been expressed.

The naso-pharyngeal diseases which I will consider as being due mainly to cerebral causes, are certain forms of "nervous coryza," including some types of obstructive enlargement of the turbinated tissues; recurrent engorgement of the lateral pharyngeal walls not dependent on inflammatory causes; and various forms of pharyngeal and lingual varix, especially of the base of the tongue. All of these diseased conditions may be classed among the angioneuroses, and appear to be due either to some mal-condition of the vaso-motor centre in the medulla oblongata, or to truly cerebral conditions.

"Nervous coryza" in its various phases, all of which more or less resemble attacks of typical hay fever, has

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