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April 1950

ALLERGY OF THE EAR: With Classification and a New Treatment of Labyrinthine Hydrops by Dehydration

Author Affiliations

From the Otolaryngology Department, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine, and the departments of Allergy and Otolaryngology, Atlantic City Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;51(4):582-595. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700020605009

ALLERGIC conditions of the ear and pathologic variations due to altered sensitivity occur more frequently than generally recognized. A review of the various allergic manifestations with some attempt at clarification and classification should be of value to the otologist and allergist. It is now a well established fact that allergy predisposes to and aggravates many diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Recent surveys, including those of Shambaugh,1 King,2 and Hamlin3 relating to the frequency of allergy as an etiologic factor or as a complication in diseases of the ear, nose and throat, show 70 to 90 per cent of all office patients to be allergic. Still more recently there has been interest in the relation of allergy to the ear. Jones4 stated that allergic reactions involving the mucous membrane of the eustachian tube and tympanic cavity have not received sufficient consideration.

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