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October 1947

AMERICAN LARYNGOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting, April 23 and 24, 1947 Abstracted by Samuel Salinger, M.D.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(4):559-572. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020573011

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The Pathology of Nasal Polyps. Presented by Dr. J. J. Shea, Memphis, Tenn.  Not all nasal polyps are necessarily of allergic origin. There are in the nose many varieties of polypoid growths of benign character which, by reason of location and, at times, a tendency to become cancerous, may have serious implications. Masses growing from the superior meatus may erode into the cranial cavity, with disastrous consequences. It is important, therefore, to section growths removed from the nose, with a view to determining their exact pathologic nature. A number of various types are presented, with sections showing their histologic characters.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Harry P. Schenck, Philadelphia: Billroth in 1855 made a classification of nasal polyps which has not been greatly improved on. His recognition of mucous polyps as a distinct entity was later supported by Zuckerkandl and Wacht. The latter also showed that all polyps, including carcinomatous, fibrous and adenomatous

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