It is well known that in selected cases of intractable and distressing anasarca the insertion of Southey's tubes into the feet and legs may afford much relief and may render more bearable the last few weeks or months of life when there is extensive congestive failure.1 It is not well known, however, that the most grateful relief of all may be afforded to patients with extensive scrotal edema by the insertion of a Southey tube into the scrotum, as recommended by Southey2 himself in 1877. Such a measure is more comfortable and sanitary than incision or simple puncture of the scrotum, since the edema fluid can be easily led off by a small rubber tube into a bottle placed on the floor close to the large chair or the chair bed on which the patient reclines with the head elevated and the legs lowered. As cited in our
White PD, Monks JP. THE GRATEFUL RELIEF OF SCROTAL DROPSY BY THE USE OF A SOUTHEY TUBE. JAMA. 1933;101(21):1632–1633. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430460001009
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