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December 9, 1922

ILLUMINATED FORCEPS AND TENACULUM FOR TONSILLECTOMY AND CONTROL OF HEMORRHAGE

JAMA. 1922;79(24):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420240003013b

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Abstract

In tonsillectomy there is inconvenience and danger of tonsil hemorrhage. The experienced operator measures full well its gravity. Hemorrhage is comparatively frequent and may be dangerous, so this fact impressed me sufficiently to devise these instruments. They consist of an ordinary tonsil tenaculum and artery forceps, with Cameron lamp attached. Any standard lamp may be used.

These instruments have the following advantages:

  1. The tonsil fossa, after removal of the tonsil, is sufficiently illuminated to identify the bleeding point.

  2. The bleeding point can be grasped accurately with forceps.

  3. This instrument facilitates suturing or ligation of the bleeding vessel.

  4. It may be used in emergency hemorrhage in the home.

  5. It is simple.

Joshua Green Building.

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