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July 1942

VASOMOTOR RHINITIS IN THE TROPICS

Author Affiliations

TEGUCIGALPA, CENTRAL DISTRICT, HONDURAS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(1):47-52. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760010057004
Abstract

Vasomotor rhinitis is a well known symptom complex, characterized by swelling of the turbinates, particularly the inferior ones, attacks of sneezing and watery rhinorrhea. Occasionally headache and conjunctivitis are present. In some cases an allergic origin has been demonstrated; in others such an origin is questionable. The prognosis is rarely serious, but a complete cure is difficult to attain. Occasionally the condition is seen in combination with asthma.

In the last two and a half years I have treated 130 patients with vasomotor rhinitis in the republic of Honduras, in Central America. Two of these also have asthma. A comparison has been made between the patients I treated in Berlin from 1931 to 1938 and those I have treated in the highlands and along the coast of Honduras. The conditions at this outpost of otolaryngology are not proper for a scientific or statistical study, and a review of the literature

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