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November 1943


Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(5):526-538. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040545016

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The Nasopharynx. Dr. George M. Coates, Philadelphia.  Careful, adequate examination of the nasopharynx is important and very worth while. If necessary, local anesthesia and even sedation should be used. When a mirror cannot be employed, the Yankauer speculum should be tried. With young children and certain adults, finger palpation of the nasopharynx gives important information. The various forms of pathologic change in this area are discussed and the treatment indicated.

DISCUSSION  Dr. John R. Honiss, Rochester, N. Y.: The lack of information on this area is due, I believe, as Dr. Coates stated, to difficulties in the examination and, may I add, also in the deductions from this examination. One cannot always see trouble or infection or abnormalities. I am making a special plea for finger exploration. The appreciation of conditions present that one may get from the sense of touch and the feeling of the tissues is valuable, and

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