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June 1944

PH OF NASAL SECRETIONS IN SITU IN ATROPHIC RHINITIS: ITS IMPLICATIONS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(6):474-475. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010491003
Abstract

A disease most resistant to effective treatment and presenting a problem of perplexing magnitude because its exact causation has never been determined is atrophic rhinitis. At no time can rhinologists be said to have erected a firm and completely logical foundation for specific treatment. Treatment in the main still consists in establishing cleanliness of the nasal cavity—for none of the so-called cures has stood the rigid and exacting test of time.

Perhaps part of the fault lies in the fact that the underlying pathologic changes in atrophic rhinitis have been little understood. Certainly, no one would attempt the use of astringents—as has been done in some quarters—if these changes had been taken into account. Perhaps some of the difficulty could be erased were investigators to direct a moderate degree of attention to an analytic study of the nasal discharge—those large, thick, tenacious crusts which adhere and mold themselves to the

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