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March 1923

BENIGN AND MALIGNANT GROWTHS OF THE NASOPHARYNX AND THEIR TREATMENT WITH RADIUM

Arch Surg. 1923;6(2):429-488. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110180002001
Abstract

The primary object of this article is to report our experiences with the use of radium as a therapeutic agent in nasopharyngeal growths; but we also wish to emphasize the fact that here, as elsewhere in the body, the growth must be recognized during the earliest stages of its development in order to improve materially our present therapeutic results—whether the method of treatment employed is operative, the actual cautery or irradiation.

Our results with the radium treatment of lymphosarcoma of the nasopharynx are not good, although this variety of sarcoma disappears locally after irradiation more rapidly than does any other type of tumor with which we are familiar. One possible explanation for this unsatisfactory clinical result is that the earliest symptoms of lymphosarcoma in the nasopharynx are difficulty in breathing through the nose and eustachian tube obstruction, and that these symptoms are usually treated without recognition of the underlying cause

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