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August 1953


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(2):168-171. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040187007

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THE EARLY frequent use of antibiotics and chemical therapy in treating acute sinusitis and colds has lessened the production of chronic sinus infection and is reducing the necessity for sinus surgery. Also, a better understanding of vasomotor rhinitis and nasal allergy has resulted in a lessening of the formation of nasal polyps. However, the deviated nasal septum is still a major surgical problem in intranasal therapy. Deviations of the septum frequently prevent normal ventilation and drainage of the nasal sinuses. They are also a major cause of impaired breathing.

In properly selected cases removal of obstructions caused by the septum is all that is necessary to establish ventilation and drainage of the sinuses to effect a cure in a natural way.

Deviations of the septum are a frequent but not the sole cause of impaired nasal breathing. Each case has to be carefully studied to decide whether the impairment is

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