It is generally agreed that acquired stenosis of the pharynx is produced usually as the result of infection, syphilis being most frequently the cause. The other common cause is trauma. The rarity of the condition is probably accounted for by the mobility of the palatal and pharyngeal muscles. According to Moore,1 peritonsillar abscess, retropharyngeal abscess and deep abscess of the tongue are most frequently the factors that contribute to acute stenosis, although the inflammatory process following tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy occasionally produces cicatricial stenosis of the pharynx. The inflammatory process must be sufficient to immobilize the palate and bring it into immediate contact with the faucial pillars and ultimately with the posterior wall of the pharynx. The symptoms are obvious: The voice is muffled; there are inability to breathe through the nose, difficulty in swallowing, dryness of the pharynx from mouth breathing, irritation of the nasopharynx from accumulation of secretions, pain
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