Vasomotor rhinitis (VMR) is a disorder of unknown pathogenesis. Forty patients with VMR were carefully selected on the basis of inclusion and exclusion criteria proposed by Mygind and Weeke. Nasal biopsy specimens were taken in the patient group as well as in a group of ten controls. Brush cytology was also taken in the VMR group. Inflammatory cells were identified and counted in the nasal mucosa, with the use of immunohistochemical techniques and a panel of monoclonal antibodies. Eosinophils were studied with the use of BMK13, EG2, and Giemsa. Mast cells were studied with anti-chymase (B7), anti-tryptase (G3) and toluidine blue. Sections were stained with IgE as well. There was no significant difference in the number of eosinophils, mast cells and IgE-positive cells between the two groups. Additionally, in contrast with other reports, in sections that were double-stained with anti-chymase and anti-tryptase, single chymase-positive cells were found.

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European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
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Blom, H.M, Godthelp, T, Fokkens, W.J, Klein Jan, A, Holm, A.F, Vroom, T.M, & Rijntjes, E. (1995). Mast cells, eosinophils and IgE-positive cells in the nasal mucose of patients with vasomotor rhinitis - An immunohistochemical study. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 252(1 Supplement). doi:10.1007/BF02484432