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September 1960

Rhinosporidiosis in Texas

Author Affiliations

Longview, Texas

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(3):361-362. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010369014

In 1900, Seeber (of Buenos Aires) wrote a thesis describing two cases of nasal polypi associated with this parasite (Rhinosporidium seeberi); however, he did not publish his findings until 1912.1 In 1903, Major O'Kinealy presented microscopic sections and drawings of the parasite before the Laryngological Society of London.1 The first case from Texas was reported by Caldwell and Roberts2 in 1938.

Histologically, this is a fungus which begins its life cycle as a parasite measuring 8μ, but it grows by nuclear division

The large typical round spores with a thick capsule and centrally placed daughter spores are noted. until it reaches a size of 300μand contains over 4,000 nuclei which form 16,000 spores.3 The mature sporangium presents a double-contoured chitinous envelope. The mode of infection and transmission is unknown.

According to a perusal of the literature, this seems to be the youngest patient ever presented. The