Surgical measures are not as frequently employed for the treatment of ozena as for other nasal conditions. Such treatment is more popular in Europe than in this country. There may be several reasons for the unpopularity of its employment in ozena: (1) prejudice against the use of any procedure for a disease with an unknown etiology; (2) failure to understand how a surgical procedure, which brings about a physical change in the nose, can help a condition with such an extensive and destructive pathologic process as ozena presents; (3) the resistance of the process to all palliative measures, and (4) a prevailing unfamiliarity with the surgical technic.
Ozena is to the rhinologist what otosclerosis is to the otologist. Both conditions are chronic, have a tendency to progress and show peculiar pathologic changes which are circumscribed and have few known systemic consequences. Both are of far-reaching social and economic importance.
WACHSBERGER A. A NEW TECHNIC IN THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF OZENA. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(3):370–382. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790030078009
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