Reciprocal changes in nasal resistance to airflow caused by pressure applied to the axilla

Acta Otolaryngol. 1985 Jan-Feb;99(1-2):154-9. doi: 10.3109/00016488509119158.


The resistance to airflow of each nasal passage was measured using active, posterior, rhinomanometry. Application of pressure to the axilla for 15 min by means of a wooden crutch caused a reciprocal change in nasal resistance with an ipsilateral increase and a contralateral decrease in resistance. The results are discussed in terms of reflex changes in sympathetic tone to the nasal venous erectile tissue.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Airway Resistance*
  • Axilla / innervation*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mechanoreceptors / physiology
  • Nasal Mucosa / blood supply*
  • Pressure
  • Pulmonary Ventilation*
  • Reflex / physiology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / physiology*
  • Veins / innervation