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Woakes' syndrome

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A syndrome of recurrent nasal polyposis with broadening of the nose due to polyps in early childhood, frontal sinus aplasia, bronchiectasis, and dyscrinia (production of highly-viscous mucus). Also described as deforming nasal polyposis in child with mental retardation. The syndrome appears to be hereditary.

We thank Joseph Constantin, France, for information submitted.


  • E. Woakes:
    Necrosing ethmoiditis and mucous polypi. The Lancet, London, 1885, 1: 619.
  • Nasal polypus, with neuralgia, hay fever, and asthma : in relation to ethmoiditis.
    Philadelphia, P. Blakiston, 1887.
  • B. Hellerhals, B. Uthermann:
    Woakes’ syndrome: The problem of infantile polyps.
    International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Limerick, 1979, 1: 79-85.
  • R. T. Wentges:
    Edward Woakes: the history of an eponym.
    The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, May 1972, 86 (5): 501-512.
  • Stanley Jablonski:
    Jablonski’s Dictionary of Syndromes & Eponymic diseases.
    Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida, 1991.

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