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Article
August 1949

ROLE OF COMPENSATORY HYPERTROPHY AND SIMPLE ATROPHY IN INTRANASAL SURGERY

Author Affiliations

With the Assistance of Mary Graham Mack, M.S.P.H. NEW YORK

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(2):172-189. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010181003
Abstract

THE PURPOSE of this paper is to report a method of changing the aerodynamics of the nose through intranasal surgical procedures, in a specific manner, so as to initiate spontaneous reactions of the nasal tissue and thus release the compensatory forces of hypertrophy and simple atrophy which will finally restore normal physiologic processes. These forces are basic nasal compensatory mechanisms and are essential for physiologic restoration and control. The surgical technic described is based on the fundamental laws of the aerodynamic physics of the nose, which is a bilaterally symmetric organ dependent on these laws for physiologic activity. The cases presented were selected from those of a diversified group of patients of different ages to demonstrate that the spontaneous reactions initiated can be controlled over a period of time until the normal physiology is reestablished.

A brief review of the accepted functions and anatomic structure of the nose will serve

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