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A Complication of indoor pistol shooting

  • S. A. White (a1) and A. A. Narula (a1)

Abstract

The aetiology of chronic rhinitis and nasal obstruction is often elusive and obscure. Many different causes have been documented including allergens, cigarette smoke, cold dry air, viruses, sulphur dioxide and industrial pollutants. This is the first case we have been able to identify of rhinitis associated with exposure to high levels of lead through indoor pistol shooting.

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Address for correspondence: Dr S. A. White, University of Leicester, PO. Box 65, Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester LE2 2BB.

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