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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of atrophic rhinitis

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of atrophic rhinitis

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of atrophic rhinitis

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of atrophic rhinitis

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Atrophic rhinitis, also called ‘rhinitis sicca’ is characterised by inflammation of the nasal passage which may result from excessive thinning of nasal membranes.

Incidence, age and sex

Atrophic rhinitis has a very low incidence in the general population. Adolescents are more predisposed to this condition.

Signs and symptoms

The typical and most distressing clinical feature of this disease, is foul-smelling nasal discharge. The affected individual also suffers from a lack of sense of smell. The nasal mucous membrane produces greenish coloured mucous which may form crusts. These crusts may cause bleeding on removal. This condition may also be associated with sinusitis.

Causes and prevention

Atrophic rhinitis can be primary or secondary in type. Atrophic rhinitis arising as a result of nasal sinus surgery, injury or radiation to nasal tissues is termed as secondary atrophic rhinitis. When no other underlying cause of this condition is detected, then it is called primary atrophic rhinitis which is assumed to be autoimmune or genetic in origin or caused by an organism called Klebsiella ozenae.

Complications

There seems to be no health related complications of atrophic rhinitis except for the fact that it has a tendency for frequent relapses. At times, an affected individual may face social embarrassment due to the highly offensive odour of nasal discharge which emanates from him/her.

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