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August 12, 1922

RELATION OF ANESTHETIC TO PULMONARY ABSCESS FOLLOWING NOSE AND THROAT SURGERY

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1922;79(7):539-543. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640070027008
Abstract

During the last few years, there has been so much discussion about pulmonary abscess following nose and throat surgery, especially tonsillectomy, that many surgeons believe lung abscess to be the most important and dangerous complication that may occur. It is my firm conviction that the rate of lung abscess per thousand nose and throat operations is no greater than it was twenty years ago. In considering any complications following nose and throat surgery today, we must not loose sight of the fact that tonsillectomy, in proportion to the total number of operations for all conditions, is far more frequent than ever before. In some hospitals doing general surgery, about 30 per cent, of the total number of operations each year are for nose and throat conditions.

An examination of thousands of cases in which anesthetics are given in nose and throat surgery, especially tonsillectomy, reveals that nose and throat operations

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