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August 1931

PRIMARY TUBERCULOSIS OF THE NASAL MUCOUS MEMBRANE

Author Affiliations

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

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(2):181-185. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.00630020205007
Abstract

Primary tuberculosis of the nasal mucosa is a relatively rare condition, characterized by the formation of granulomatous masses, usually on the septum or the inferior turbinates, and by symptoms due to obstruction. The condition is apparently more common abroad than in this country, although the small number of cases reported is probably not a true indication of its frequency here. Chamberlin1 mentioned having seen ten or twelve cases in dispensary practice, the diagnosis of which was proved microscopically ; these cases have never been reported, owing to a lack of accurate records. I have been able to review the reports of only fifteen cases (table 1) cited by American authors,2 whereas, in Germany alone, in 1928, a single author3 presented an article based on a hundred cases of tuberculosis of the nose, fifty-one of which were described as not presenting evidence of tuberculosis elsewhere in the body

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