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January 28, 1928

LIGATION OF THE ANGULAR VEIN IN INFECTIONS OF THE UPPER LIP

JAMA. 1928;90(4):272-273. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690310024008
Abstract

It is well recognized today that infections of the upper lip—particularly of the carbuncular type—are always to be considered most seriously; and furthermore that in the most virulent infections no form of treatment has proved efficacious in even a bare majority of instances. The superficial infections of the upper lip and adjacent structures on the lateral portion of the nose as a rule resolve without serious results; but the deeper infections, particularly in the upper lip, wherein the subcutaneous tissues become involved—the area in which the veins lie—are far too often followed by a fatality as the result of a septic cavernous sinusitis and meningitis.

It is practically impossible, at present, to state in the early stages of an infection of the upper lip how far the process will proceed; and it is well known that the most serious appearing infections have resulted in recovery, with or without good treatment,

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