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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1979 Jul;1(1):79-85.

Woakes' syndrome: the problems of infantile nasal polyps.


Usually, nasal polyposis in early childhood (children aged less than 5 years) is caused by cystic fibrosis of Kartagener's syndrome. In later age groups, recurrent sinus infections, allergy and ASA disease (asthma, aspirin intolerance and nasal polyps) have to be taken into consideration. Four cases of early childhood polyposis are reported which fit into none of these etiological groups. This newly defined Woakes' syndrome comprises recurrent nasal polyposis with broadening of the nose, frontal sinus aplasia, bronchiectasis, and dyscrinia (production of highly viscous mucus). The disease seems to be hereditary. The possible origins of the disease are discussed.

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