RHINOSCLEROMA is a benign chronic proliferating granuloma which has its origin in the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract. It was first described by von Hebra1 and the causative organism described by von Frisch.2
A perusal of the literature revealed the disease to be a rarity in people born and raised in the United States but rather a common entity in eastern Europeans and South and Central Americans. Reyes3 in El Salvador, Central America, has reported his observations of 200 personal cases. 120 of which were in women. He states that, "Rhinoscleroma is a disease contracted through poor personal hygiene; it is never found among people of absolutely clean habits. Its contagiousness is doubtful."
Thorough reviews of the literature with excellent bibliographies and summaries of cases in the United States were reported by Gadomski,4 Weiss5 and Cunning and Guerry.6 The latter reviewed the
EISENSTODT LW. SCLEROMA OF THE NOSE AND LIP. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(4):446–450. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750040095011
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