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Article
November 1944

USE OF RADON TO PREVENT OTITIS MEDIA DUE TO HYPERPLASIA OF LYMPHOID TISSUE AND BAROTRAUMA (AERO-OTITIS)

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(5):402-405. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020502006
Abstract

Examination of American soldiers in England reveals that they are even more prone to have hyperplasia of pharyngeal lymphoid tissue, secondary eustachian salpingitis and consequent otitis media on this island than in the United States. Whether this is due to climate or to living conditions or to something else is difficult to say. A high percentage of flying personnel come to hospitals with a history of recurrent acute catarrhal otitis media. In the ear, nose and throat section of one general hospital 0.8 per cent of ground personnel and 22 per cent of flying personnel had a history of recent otitis when examined. Nearly all of them had sufficient excess lymphoid tissue around their eustachian tubes to account for this.

Since the publication of the article by Crowe and Baylor1 on the prevention of deafness in childhood by using radon in the nasopharynx, the work at the Johns Hopkins University

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