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Nasal polyposis is a common problem in otolaryngology. The cause remains unclear, and treatment with medication and surgery is often unsatisfactory. We present our controlled study, which suggests a strong association between food allergy and nasal polyposis. The study was conducted in 2 parts. A postal survey of 900 patients with nasal polyps showed 53 respondents (5.9%) had a known food allergy. In the prospective study, 80 nasal polyp patients and 36 control subjects completed intradermal tests for food allergy. Sixty- five nasal polyp patients (81%) and 4 control subjects (11%) had positive intradermal food test results. This is highly significant. We believe that food allergy may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of nasal polyposis and should be further studied.
Author(s): Wilson JA; Pang Y-T; Eskici O
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Print publication date: 01/01/2000
ISSN (print): 0194-5998
ISSN (electronic): 1097-6817
Publisher: Mosby, Inc.
PubMed id: 10652410
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