About two decades ago occasional articles began to appear in the literature regarding the role of allergy in otolaryngology. In the last few years, however, the literature has been replete with papers by many writers who (1) stress the importance of allergy in this field, and (2) are more or less in agreement that allergy is an etiologic factor in an ever-increasing percentage of patients with ear, nose, and throat pathology.
Hansel,1 in 1942, stated: "In an analysis of 455 patients referred to the Pediatric Allergy Clinic of Washington University we found 341, or 75%, had a definite respiratory allergy."
Shambaugh,2 in 1945, stated: "At least 70 percent of chronic sinus infections and at least 90 percent of chronic nasal infections can be shown to have an underlying allergic factor responsible for the chronicity."
Ashley,3 in 1949, stated: "The importance of allergy as an etiologic factor in
EVANS MG. The Management of Sinusitis in an Allergic Individual. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(4):416–423. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020430002
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