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October 1944


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, St. Luke's Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(4):288-290. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020364007

A neglected but interesting topic of American rhinology is that of a cyst which encroaches on the nasal vestibule or appears on the anterior portion of the hard palate. American rhinologic literature1 is relatively barren of references to this subject, while references are rather plentiful in the European literature.2 Some attention is given to this condition in American dental literature3 and in certain American texts4 on diseases of the jaws. The older textbooks of rhinology ignore the entity, while the latest texts5 fail to mention it or give only a few sentences of information concerning it. It seems timely to emphasize a clinical finding that every physician should be able to recognize and understand.

Fissural cysts may develop at the sites of embryonal fusion of the various processes which unite to form the jaws. (Less favored are the theories of origin that relate these cysts to the nasolacrimal duct, to

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