Stomato-pharyngology
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Chronic epipharyngitis and its possible focal-infection role
Osamu Hotta
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Volume 23 (2010) Issue 1 Pages 37-42

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Chronic epipharyngitis is difficult to diagnose because it is often asymptomatic and presents no abnormal gross appearance. The epipharynx is rich in lymphocytes with phenotypic analysis showing highly activated T and B lymphocytes. Ciliated epithelial epipharynx cells express class II antigen and act as antigen-presenting cells. Chronic epipharyngitis thus may act as a focal infection, similar to chronic tonsillitis, in developing various types of autoimmune disease such as glomerulonephritis and chronic skin conditions.

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