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July 1929


Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(1):61-69. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620040071007

Atrophic rhinitis with ozena is one of the most disgusting diseases with which the otolaryngologist has to deal. The patient, apparently in excellent health, is affected with a malady that is annoying to himself and offensive to others. The physician dislikes having him in the waiting-room for any length of time, and the treatment is unpleasant and at best unsatisfactory. Yet it is one's duty to give relief even if a cure cannot be effected.

Much has been written on the subject; yet ozena still remains a mystery. The consensus as to the etiology of ozena seems to be that many factors enter into its formation. One factor alone is not acceptable when applied in a series of cases. Hoople and Rowe1 presented a study of eighty cases with the following observations, which are concordant with those of other authors: Ozena is much less common in males than in

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