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November 1929


Author Affiliations

From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(5):480-490. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620080044004

Cicatricial stenosis of the nasopharynx occurs rarely. In the past the condition has been difficult to treat, as evidenced by the great variety of procedures advocated for its relief. Many of the proposed operations are of little practical value. A few, when properly carried out, will restore satisfactorily the nasopharyngeal lumen. Most of the reports in the literature give little clinical data, especially as regards end-results. Eighteen cases of nasopharyngeal stenosis have been observed in the Mayo Clinic.

Although stenosis of the nasopharynx is usually acquired, a few cases of true congenital nasopharyngeal stenosis, not including atresia of the choanae, are reported in the literature. Two cases of this type, reported by Hall,1 are of particular interest because of the ease with which the abnormalities were corrected. The patients were children, aged 8 and 10 years, respectively. Atresia between the soft palate and the posterior wall of the nasopharynx