AT FIRST glance the title of this article would suggest that the subject is in the field of the dental and oral surgeon rather than in that of the otolaryngologist. This is true; but, if I may judge from my observations in Army and civilian practice, the otolaryngologist will see directly or in consultation enough pathologic conditions in these regions to create a desire for a more detailed knowledge of the areas than just a casual one. Without doubt, pathologic changes in these regions will in the majority of cases be of dental origin but may arise in some cases from the maxillary sinus, the middle ear or even the pharynx, indirectly, e.g., from septic thrombophlebitis. The area is often involved in the event of trauma to the upper or lower jaw.
The subject will be developed and presented under three headings. First will be mentioned the type of cases,
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