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July 15, 1916


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JAMA. 1916;LXVII(3):163-168. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590030005002

Although comparatively a rare condition, traumatic pulsating exophthalmos is of so serious and distressing a nature that the report of additional cases in which operation was performed cannot but be of interest and value. Notwithstanding that after a thorough study and analysis of the surgical procedures and therapeutic measures employed in the cases reported in literature and in their own practices, prior to July 1907, de Schweinitz and Holloway1 were of the opinion that in view of the uniformly successful results attending operations on the superior ophthalmic vein "it would seem that this procedure should be considered before ligation of the carotid, and certainly should precede ligation of the second carotid provided the first operation has failed to produce the desired result," a review of the literature that has appeared since this was written shows that for the alleviation of the symptoms of the traumatic type, at least, the