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Original Article
November 1976

The Phenomenon of Paradoxical Nasal Obstruction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn (Dr Kern) and the University of Montreal (Dr Arbour).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(11):669-671. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780160065005

• Some patients with a fixed uninasal obstruction in whom the normal or patent side becomes temporarily obstructed because of the nasal cycle, and in whom the total nasal resistance is elevated, complain of nasal obstruction. It is when the normal side responds to the congestive phase of the nasal cycle that the patient becomes symptomatic; hence, the term "paradoxical nasal obstruction." Rhinomanometric tests, serial tomography, and direct patient observation allow confirmation of the phenomenon of paradoxical nasal obstruction.

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