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Whatever may be the extent of incised injuries of the pharynx, the œsophagus or the trachea, they are not necesssarily fatal. In the operation for tracheotomy incisions are usually made in a vertical direction and in themselves are not serious; that is to say, the patient seldom perishes from the effects of the operation. In operations upon the œsophagus, where the incisions are also made in a vertical direction, statistics show that the percentage of deaths after such operations is small, and that the deaths which do occur are due to accidental complications, such as might occur after surgical operations in other portions of the body, rather than to any special predisposition which might exist in this particular œsophageal region.
That which applies to injuries of the trachea and the œsophagus and their treatment, also applies to injuries of the pharynx and their treatment. There is, perhaps, no class of
GETZ HL. INCISED INJURIES OF THE PHARYNX, ŒSOPHAGUS AND TRACHEA, AND THEIR TREATMENT.. JAMA. 1885;IV(13):342–343. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390880006001a
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