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July 21, 1906

THE TREATMENT OF NEURALGIA AND SPASMODIC TIC WITH DEEP INJECTIONS OF ALCOHOL.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520030051009
Abstract

Certain crude analogies may be traced between neuralgia and spasmodic tie, both being, as it were, expressions of irritation in sensory and motor nerves, respectively. Both, besides, exhibit a tendency to chronicity and often a notable resistance to treatment. Deep injections of various substances have been recommended at different times in the treatment of obstinate neuralgia and good results have from time to time been reported. A modification of this method that is considered an improvement has been employed for a period of two years by Dr. F. Ostwalt1 in 60 cases of trigeminal neuralgia, some of many years' standing. After the mouth has been properly disinfected, a bayonet-shaped, hollow needle is introduced into the cocainized mucous membrane of the upper fornix of the vestibule on the affected side behind the alveolus of the wisdom tooth and passed through the submucous tissues to the three divisions of the fifth

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