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January 20, 1923

OTITIS MEDIA COMPLICATING OPERATIONS ON THE GASSERIAN GANGLION

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Otolaryngology and Rhinology, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1923;80(3):176-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640300026010

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Abstract

Otitis media complicating operations on the gasserian ganglion was first observed in the Mayo Clinic about three years ago, in a patient who complained of a sense of fulness and deafness following section of the posterior root of the gasserian ganglion for trifacial neuralgia. Since then, such observations have been made several times. This type of otitis media occurs from a few days to several weeks after operation on the gasserian ganglion. The chief complaint is a sense of fulness and deafness on the side on which the operation is performed. Otalgia is never severe, and is not a common complaint. Examination of the ears discloses a fulness in the inferior quadrants of the tympanic membrane, with more or less obliteration of the common landmarks. There is usually a fluid level, and a bubbling sound is heard with inflation of the eustachian tube. Two patients said that they had "water

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