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Article
March 1941

FINGER EXPLORATION OF THE NASOPHARYNX FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, N. Y.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(3):401-414. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660030405006
Abstract

In the field of otolaryngology comparatively little emphasis has been placed on the role which pathologic conditions in the nasopharynx play in disturbances of the ear, nose and throat. I refer particularly to the presence of adhesions, adenoids, lymphoid hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the mucous membranes in this area.

Observers have noted the not infrequent occurrence of lymphoid hypertrophy forming ridges on each side of the pharynx or nasopharynx.

The consensus seems to be that some of these excrescences are the result of direct infection of the follicles of the mucous membrane and some are due to drainage from the sinuses.

Several writers have described the excessive lymphoid growth which takes place in young children after the adenoids have been removed. In some cases the presence of these growths after operation may be due to incomplete removal, but there are certainly a considerable number in which after painstaking attempts to

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