There is no one malady, not immediately dangerous to life, that so seriously afflicts the person possessing it as adherence of the palate to the pharyngeal wall. When we consider its baneful effects on nearly all the functions of the upper air passages, on respiration, vocalization, hearing, smell, taste and deglutition, and the very disappointing results so frequently attending the attempts at its relief, it is remarkable that operative measures have not long since been devised affording a reasonable certainty of success in such unsatisfactory cases.
Adhesions of the palate or pillars to the posterior pharyngeal wall present a variety of conditions, which may be differentiated as follows:
1. Adhesion of the normal palate or pillar, or both, to an ulcerated pharynx.
2. Adhesion of an ulcerated palate or pillar, or both to a normal pharynx.
3. Adhesions of both an ulcerated palate or pillar, or both
ROE JO. PALATOPHARYNGEAL ADHESIONSMETHODS ADOPTED FOR THEIR RELIEF, WITH THE REPORT OF A NEW OPERATION. JAMA. 1910;LIV(3):185–192. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550290003002b
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