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October 14, 1933

DRAINAGE OF A SYRINGOMYELIC CAVITY, TWICE IN THE SAME PATIENT, THREE YEARS INTERVENING

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Philadelphia

JAMA. 1933;101(16):1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430410005007c
Abstract

In these columns almost three years ago, I1 recorded my experience and the immediate results in the treatment of a syringomyelic cavity by drainage. The operation was performed, April 14, 1930. The cord was exposed by removal of the spinous processes and laminae of the seventh cervical and the first thoracic vertebra. The cavity was drained by an incision just to the right of the median line and, to prevent the lips of the incision uniting, a small strip of gutta percha was interposed. While the patient was seriously crippled, the principal indication for the operation was urinary incontinence. The subsequent history of this case has so many points of interest that I venture to submit it for publication.

In the first place, there has been no recurrence of the incontinence for the relief of which the operation was performed. This, of course, was a source of great satisfaction

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