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Thoracic pressure and nasal patency.
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PMID:  3558199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Maximum nasal flow rate in the right and left nostrils was simultaneously determined during expiration with the help of two flowmeters in 10 healthy subjects in different postures and in two patients, one with Horner's syndrome and the other with facial palsy. It was found that pressure on the hemithorax from any surface (i.e., lateral, anterior, posterior, or superior) leads to reduced patency of the ipsilateral nostril but increased patency of the nostril on the opposite site. In the patient with Horner's syndrome, the nostril on the affected side remained blocked even on compression of the opposite hemithorax, and in the one with facial nerve palsy, the nostril on the affected side remained patent despite compression of the hemithorax on that side. The findings suggest that compression of hemithorax leads to changes in the congestion of the nasal mucosa that may be mediated through autonomic nerves.
V Singh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  62     ISSN:  8750-7587     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  1987 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-05-15     Completed Date:  1987-05-15     Revised Date:  2013-09-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502536     Medline TA:  J Appl Physiol (1985)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Autonomic Nervous System / physiopathology
Facial Nerve Diseases / physiopathology
Horner Syndrome / physiopathology
Nasal Mucosa / physiopathology
Nose / physiopathology*

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