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Rhinitis and Rhinologic Headaches

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Rhinologic headache, a headache of nasal origin, generally has been attributed to past facial trauma causing nasal mucosa-septal contact points. Patients who have not knowingly experienced nasal trauma may have contact points caused by mucosal inflammation or anatomic abnormalities (septal spurs, septal deviation, and enlarged turbinates) and can develop rhinologic headaches. A population of 66 such patients was studied to classify the type of patient susceptible to such headaches and to examine the type of underlying inflammation or anatomic abnormality responsible for creating their mucosal contact points. Most patients were women with a mean age at the time of initial presentation of 40 years. VMR was the most frequent cause of nasal inflammation, either alone or in combination with allergic rhinitis. Generally, headache symptoms improved with treatment of the underlying nasal inflammation in the majority of patients.

Document Type: Original Article

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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