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May 1947

EVALUATION OF DIAGNOSTIC METHODS USED IN CASES OF MAXILLARY SINUSITIS, WITH A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RECENT THERAPEUTIC AGENTS EMPLOYED LOCALLY

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.
From the General Dispensary, United States Army, The Pentagon, Washington, D. C.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(5):516-542. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010530002
Abstract

ONE HUNDRED PATIENTS who presented themselves at the ear, nose and throat clinic of the United States Army General Dispensary, Washington, D. C., became the subjects of a study in which the accepted methods of diagnosing maxillary sinusitis were evaluated. They were selected for this study over a period because of symptoms suggesting an early stage of sinusitis.

The accepted methods of diagnosing maxillary sinusitis are of two types: subjective and objective. The subjective method is the analysis of the history. The objective methods are (1) transillumination, (2) anterior rhinoscopy, (3) roentgenography with and without iodized poppyseed oil 40 per cent and (4) exploratory irrigation. The last of these objective methods of diagnosis, involving the use of various solutions for irrigation of and instillation in the maxillary sinuses, led to an interesting comparison of these solutions with respect to their therapeutic value.

A study of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, of

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