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April 1931

CONGENITAL ATRESIA OF THE POSTERIOR NARES

Author Affiliations

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
From the Ear and Throat Department of the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. under the charge of Dr. J. S. Fraser.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;13(4):570-583. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.04230030082005
Abstract

Clinically, the term "atresia" (imperforation) is not applied in its strictest sense, but under this term are commonly included also those cases of congenital occlusion in which there is a minute perforation sufficient to admit a small probe. One may not, however, include under the title "atresia" any further cases in which the choanae are narrowed, or in which there is asymmetry ofthe posterior nares.

The atresia may be bilaterial or more commonly unilateral. It may be caused by a membranous, membrano-osseous or purely osseous formation. It has not been proved to be transmissible and has no preference for either sex.

This article originated in the occurrence of two cases (in sisters) of bilateral congenital atresia encountered in my practice at the Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh. Such cases are rare, and in order to make this article more comprehensive six cases of unilateral congenital atresia are also included. The latter occurred

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