[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 34.204.202.44. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
September 21, 1912

DISEASES OF THE EAR WHICH LEAD TO BRAIN ABSCESS

JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1101-1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090345066

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

In every important pathologic cycle there is a focal point from which the disease process emanates and radiates. There is no small individual cavity in the human body which occupies so distinctly vital a position in its relations to surrounding areas as does the cavum tympanum. A brief study of its anatomic relations will definitely reveal the close interrelation which exists between the cavum tympanum and its many accessory areas, viz.: the eustachian tube. the mastoid antrum, the lateral sinus, the carotid canal, the labyrinth and the temporosphenoidal fossa.

The irregularly shaped cavity of the middle ear is located in a comparatively inaccessible place in the depth of the temporal bone, surrounded on all sides by delicate and vital structures. It offers a favorable site for fluid contents and an ideal incubator for the many forms of bacteria which so frequently find lodgment there. It is most vulnerable, of course,

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×