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August 11, 1888

THE TREATMENT BY EXCISION OF MASSES OF SCROFULOUS GLANDS.

JAMA. 1888;XI(6):202-203. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400580022005
Abstract

While scrofulous glands do not, as a rule, attain a large size, and generally suppurate within reasonable limits as to dimensions, discharging externally either spontaneously or from surgical interference, they occasionally continue to grow, become the seats of deposits, infect one another, and gradually increase in size until they form large masses, of a pound or more in weight. These large masses interfere with the circulation, and by pressure on the trachea sometimes also with respiration. When left to nature these cases tend to a fatal termination, and the only method of dealing with them satisfactorily, says Mr. Wm. Knight Treves, or with benefit to the patient, is by excision. "For many years," he says, " I left such cases alone, trying for months, and even years, every drug treatment that has ever been recommended, without in any instance, witnessing a favorable result. In fact, anyone who has seen a number

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