There is a marked divergence of opinion in medical literature as to the etiologic relationship of sinusitis to chronic arthritis. The late Dr. John E. Mackenty1 wrote: "I have considerable proof in my own records to offer in support of my contention that sinusitis and arthritis are closely associated." Hurd,2 Faulkner,3 Craig,4 Burgess5 and Kistner6 hold similar views. On the other hand, Wood,7 Mullin8 and Anderson9 hold the opposite view and claim that sinusitis is but infrequently or rarely of etiologic significance in chronic arthritis.
The present report covers a five year period of study from 1926 to 1931. A detailed stereoscopic roentgenologic study of the sinuses was made as a routine measure in 386 cases of chronic arthritis seen in office practice in the city of New York. The combined clinical and roentgenologic study in these cases has convinced us
SNYDER RG, FINEMAN S, TRAEGER C. IMPORTANCE OF ROENTGENOLOGIC EXAMINATION OF THE SINUSES IN CHRONIC ARTHRITIS: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CASES IN WHICH THE SINUSES ARE A SILENT FOCUS OF INFECTION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(1):23–39. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790010030002
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