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June 1948

CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETYRegular Monthly Meeting, Jan. 5, 1948

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(6):835-840. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030862014

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Abstract

Electrocardiographic Changes Following Laryngectomy. Presented by Dr. Carl A. Johnson, Dr. Paul Holinger and Dr. AlbertAndrews.  This study was undertaken after one of us had noted the frequency with which gallop rhythm followed laryngectomy for carcinoma. It was thought that there was more postoperative cardiac disturbance than from many other major operations. We were interested in the study of pulmonary and cardiac reflexes, particularly in their bearing on angina, in patients of this type with permanent tracheotomy openings. None of the patients had a history of anginal attacks or had anginal attacks following surgical treatment.The limitations of the electrocardiogram as a means of the study of cardiac function are recognized; changes may occur following many conditions and procedures in the absence of organic cardiac disease. In spite of this it was thought that some information might be obtained on immediate, late, reflex and toxic effects of this operation, as

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