At the meeting of the Society of Physicians in Vienna on Nov. 18, 1955, Dr. F. Schwetz stressed the advantages of conservative treatment for tuberculous mastoiditis. Diagnosis is often difficult, but, when it has been made, stimulating roentgen irradiation and tuberculostatic therapy may lead to anatomic and functional recovery. Advantages of medical rather than operative treatment are (1) strengthening of the patients' immune reactions, (2) preservation of hearing by avoiding operative trauma, and (3) prevention of mixed infection, which frequently follows the opening of a cold abscess.
At the same meeting, Dr. H. Breu reported on 30 patients with tinnitus aurium given 5,000 units of heparin daily by vein. Of these, 12 were free from tinnitus after the fifth to the eighth injection; 8 were greatly improved; and, in the remaining 10, the tinnitus was not influenced significantly, although other symptoms did improve in some
FOREIGN LETTERS. JAMA. 1956;160(9):794-799. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960440066020