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October 1926

A NEW TONSIL NEEDLE HOLDER AND ARTERY HEMOSTAT

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(4):338-341. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010360009

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Abstract

In presenting this new instrument, I should like to stress its significant advantages and its distinguishing features.

The instrument is so constructed that its distal end slopes into a shallow semicircle, with tapered end instead of a pointed tip. The reason for this is to permit the convexity of the needle holder to fit into the concavity of the tonsillar fossa, to allow penetration behind the posterior pillar for almost its entire area, and, by using the shank as a fulcrum, to elevate and approximate the posterior pillar toward the anterior pillar.

The semicircular end is serrated on its medial surface, thus providing grooves for the needle, which is inserted with its tip always protruding from the convex aspect of the arch.

The catgut strand is knotted near the eye of the needle, which is always advisable in order to prevent the needle from slipping out of the grasp after

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