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February 1955


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Otolaryngology of the College of Medical Evangelists.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):135-140. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020149001

WE MUST give careful attention to the nasopharynx if we are to diagnose the lesions in this area soon enough to render therapy of any value. Here, early diagnosis is made less frequently than in other lesions of the respiratory tract. This is due to several factors:

  1. Failure of this lesion to produce early local symptoms to make both patient and physician cognizant of its possible presence.

  2. Failure of the physician to make careful inspection of the nasopharynx because of misinterpretation of the patient's symptoms. Graham and Meyer, in the journal Radiology, state, in reporting 25 cases of malignant lesions of the nasopharynx, "more than one-half of the patients were under the care of a physician and had one or more nasal operations without primary lesion being recognized."

  3. Adequate examination of the nasopharynx is very often a difficult procedure, especially in patients who are gaggers and who

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