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September 3, 1927

RADIUM TREATMENT IN NEOPLASMS OF THE UPPER AIR PASSAGES: PROGRESS AND RESULTS

JAMA. 1927;89(10):751-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690100013005
Abstract

In this paper I shall discuss the use of radium in fibromas of the nasopharynx, polypoid ethmoiditis, rhinoscleroma and malignant tumors of the sinuses.

FIBROMAS OF THE NASOPHARYNX  Fibromas of the nasopharynx are dense, firm tumors composed of connective tissue and blood vessels. They occur in early adult life and more often in males than in females. They form a definite clinical picture, but the etiology is unknown. The tumors are usually pedunculated and arise from the vault of the nasopharynx, although they may originate in the posterior ethmoid or sphenoid sinuses. The surgical treatment of fibromas is attended with severe hemorrhages and frequent recurrences. Radium treatment has been found to be a safe procedure and to give good results. The technic now employed is to apply a 50 mg. radium tube to the pedicle of the growth for six hours in order to shrink the tumor and decrease the

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