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March 1937

USE OF THE GALVANIC CURRENT IN THE TREATMENT OF ATROPHIC RHINITIS AND OZENAFURTHER OBSERVATIONS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(3):305-307. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010343005
Abstract

I wish to give some further observations on the use of the galvanic current in the treatment of atrophic rhinitis and ozena.1

Simple atrophic rhinitis must be differentiated from ozena. The clinical symptoms presented by the two diseases differ more in degree than in character. Atrophic rhinitis is characterized by an excessive dryness of the nose and a diminution or loss of the sense of smell. It is often observed with nasal infection and after intranasal operations, especially after the removal of the turbinates. The mucus clings to the membranes, often forming crusts on the posterior surface of the nose and nasopharynx. Secondary to this there may be chronic irritation of the pharynx owing to the failure of the nasal mucosa to humidify and temper the inspired air properly. Histologically the outstanding feature is the loss of the cilia of the normal stratified columnar epithelium which covers the respiratory portion

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