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Article
November 1951

NASOPHARYNGEAL FIBROMA TREATED BY UNUSUAL MEASURES

Author Affiliations

COIMBRA, PORTUGAL

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(5):547-549. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750110083012
Abstract

AHEMOPHILIC patient with serious epistaxis was sent to me by a physician for treatment. One of the patient's relatives who was treated by me some years ago had shown the same affection and symptoms. Feeling utterly powerless, as the hemorrhage would not yield to routine general and local treatment, I recalled that the natives sometimes use a common plant to stop bleeding, the nettle Urtica membranacea,1 either in infusion or by local application of the baked leaves. Lacking other resources, I tried this therapeutic measure, not only on this patient but also on another under my care who had a nasopharyngeal fibroma which bled freely. The bleeding of the hemophilic patient stopped.

So simple a treatment offering therapeutic possibilities is the object of the present investigation, and I will describe the case of the patient with nasopharyngeal fibroma as an example of its results.

The patient, G. A. P.

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