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Titre du document / Document title

The vomeronasal organ : An objective anatomic analysis of its prevalence

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

WON J. (1 2) ; MAIR E. A. (1 3) ; BOLGER W. E. (4) ; CONRAN R. M. (5) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., ETATS-UNIS
(2) National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., ETATS-UNIS
(3) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., ETATS-UNIS
(4) Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ETATS-UNIS
(5) Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

The function and location of the vomeronasal organ in humans remains poorly understood Indeed, there has been considerable controversy as to whether it even exists. Until now, there has been no published report of its prevalence or location as ascertained by the most widely accepted visual operative instrument in sinonasal surgery: the rigid nasal endoscope. In this study, multiple observers used the nasal endoscope to determine the prevalence and character of the vomeronasal organ in humans. We performed nasal endoscopy on 22 cadaver heads and 78 live humans; we also biopsied cadaver specimens to histologically confirm the endoscopic diagnosis. We found evidence of this organ in 13 of the 22 cadavers (59.1%) and in 22 of the 78 patients (28.2%). Many nasal surgeons are unaware of this organ and its potential physiologic significance. It is our hope that by recognizing its prevalence and location, nasal surgeons will be more likely to identify and possibly preserve this mysterious organ until its function is more clearly understood.

Revue / Journal Title

Ear, nose & throat journal    ISSN  0145-5613 

Source / Source

2000, vol. 79, no8, pp. 600-605 [5 page(s) (article)] (8 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Vendome Group, New York, NY, ETATS-UNIS  (1976) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Vomeronasal organ

;

Anatomy

;

Prevalence

;

Embryonal vestige

;

Experimental study

;

Exploration

;

Epidemiology

;

Cadaver

;

Human

;

ENT disease

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Organe voméronasal

;

Anatomie

;

Prévalence

;

Vestige embryonnaire

;

Etude expérimentale

;

Exploration

;

Epidémiologie

;

Cadavre

;

Homme

;

ORL pathologie

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Organo vomeronasal

;

Anatomía

;

Prevalencia

;

Vestigio embrionario

;

Estudio experimental

;

Exploración

;

Epidemiología

;

Cadáver

;

Hombre

;

ORL patología

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 9065, 35400009133605.0080

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 1472438



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