Rhinology is primarily interested in the disease processes involving the nasal mucosa and in the correction of the conditions that impair the proper passage of air through the nasal chambers. Irregularities of the nasal septum still present clinical problems concerning which there may be considerable variation of opinion. These irregularities are practically constant in the human nose. Some of them which are rather inconspicuous have definite clinical significance while others which are conspicuous appear to have no clinical importance.
Two conditions are easily recognized in which surgical correction must be considered. One is that in which the patient is annoyed because of impaired nasal respiration; the other is that in which there exists a high deflection which by impinging on the outer nasal wall prevents the ventilation of the ethmoid and retards the spontaneous recovery from the acute infections that so frequently involve the paranasal sinuses with openings into
SHAMBAUGH GE. CLINICAL PROBLEMS OF RHINOLOGY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(4):544–549. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040556009
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