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January 1970

Rhinolithiasis: Report of Eight Cases

Author Affiliations

Haifa, Israel
From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Workers Sick Fund (Dr. Schalit) and the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Rambam Government Hospital (Dr. Eliachar), Haifa, Israel.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;91(1):88-90. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.00770040114020

CALCAREOUS depositions in the nasal cavity are regarded as rare. The rhinologic literature has reported over 400 cases up to date.1 Apparently, the number of reported cases is declining. During 14 years (1952 to 1966), no articles on the subject were published in predominant ear, nose, and throat journals of the United States. Only two or three reports are mentioned yearly in the Excerpta Medica and the ENT Yearbook. Typically, most of these cases come from lower income groups.

The average person in an advanced society is periodically examined in child centers, school clinics, army, and industrial and insurance medical facilities. As a rule, specialists are available. Therefore, it is unusual for rhinoliths to develop and remain undiagnosed.

Report of Cases  Eight cases of rhinolithiasis were treated in our services during the last two years. Their dominating features were as follows.The age of the patients when diagnosed was

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