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Toxicol Ind Health. 1998 Nov-Dec;14(6):891-5.

Ammonia exposure: a common cause for sinusitis. A case report and review of the literature.

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University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

Sinuses are a part of the upper respiratory system and sinusitis has been well-defined as an inflammation of the mucous membrane. Sinusitis occurs commonly as a result of allergies, polyps, common cold and environmental pollution. Reports of sinusitis secondary to ammonia exposure, while common clinically from a reporting point of view, have not been described extensively in the literature. We describe here a patient who was exposed to ammonia gas and developed chronic relapsing sinusitis. The mechanism of injury and review of the world literature indicate that although common clinically, chronic sinusitis as a result of ammonia exposure has not been described extensively.

PMID:
9891918
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