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Physiology and pathophysiology of respiratory mucosa of the nose and the paranasal sinuses

Author(s): Beule, Achim G.

Journal: GMS Current Topics in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
ISSN 1865-1011

Volume: 9;
Start page: Doc07;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: physiology | pathophysiology | mucociliary clearance | non-allergic rhinitis | nasal cycle

In this review, anatomy and physiology of the respiratory mucosa of nose and paranasal sinuses are summarized under the aspect of its clinical significance. Basics of endonasal cleaning including mucociliary clearance and nasal reflexes, as well as defence mechanisms are explained. Physiological wound healing, aspects of endonasal topical medical therapy and typical diagnostic procedures to evaluate the respiratory functions are presented. Finally, the pathophysiologies of different subtypes of non-allergic rhinitis are outlined together with treatment recommendations.
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