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July 11, 1925

THE POSSIBLE MEANS OF PREVENTING DEEP CERVICAL ABSCESS: FOLLOWING THE REMOVAL OF TONSILS UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA

JAMA. 1925;85(2):98-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670020018011
Abstract

This is not intended to be a discussion of the technic of tonsillectomy. Any method which has for its object the complete removal of the tonsils and which accomplishes this object without the removal of other than tonsillar tissue, and with the minimum amount of trauma, may be said to be satisfactory. Just as the question of method can be said to be settled, so the question as to whether the tonsils shall be removed under local or general anesthesia can be said to be settled everywhere, except in Boston. We may then regard the advisability of the removal of the tonsils under local anesthesia, in certain selected cases, as an accepted fact.

Among complications or sequelae of the removal of the tonsils, whether under local or general anesthesia, may be mentioned, first of all, lung abscess and, secondly, deep cervical abscess. While the latter is less serious than the

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