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Atrophic rhinitis

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A case of atrophic rhinitis complicated by nasal septum perforation is presented, followed by a discussion of the clinical characteristics, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of this disease process. Clinical pearls and pitfalls are emphasized for the use of the practicing allergist and fellow in-training. The diagnosis of atrophic rhinitis is guided by a careful clinical history and evaluation to exclude other possible etiologies for the patient's symptoms and physical findings. Because atrophic rhinitis is a poorly understood process, it is surrounded by considerable contention in the literature and its management is not well defined. Atrophic rhinitis often carries significant morbidity and is best addressed by a multidisciplinary approach.

Keywords: Atrophic rhinitis; Klebsiella ozaenae; atrophic rhinosinusitis; empty nose syndrome; nasal septum perforation; nonallergic rhinitis; nonallergic rhinosinusitis; ozena; rhinitis sicca; rhinosinusitis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-03-01

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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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