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December 1938


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From the Otolaryngological Service of Dr. M. C. Myerson, Sea View Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(6):987-993. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650041000008

Chronic suppuration of the paranasal sinuses is commonplace in the rhinologist's practice and generally responds well to treatment. Occasionally cases are encountered in which the infection is resistant to treatment, and one is hard pressed to explain why it persists. Despite this chronicity, disease of the paranasal sinuses and tuberculosis are seldom thought of in the same category. When bacteriologic studies are made of the nasal discharge or washings, the possible presence of acid-fast organisms is ignored. It may be because of this oversight that tuberculosis of the paranasal sinuses is occasionally overlooked. That the condition is rare cannot be denied. Herein is reported a case in which chronic suppurative maxillary sinusitis failed to respond to radical treatment and was finally proved to be tuberculous.

REPORT OF A CASE  A 26 year old Puerto Rican woman was admitted to the hospital on March 5, 1937. She was complaining of pain

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