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The best instrument for the removal of adenoids is the cure.t It has two drawbacks: the liability of losing the growth, and the possibility of stripping down the mucous membrane on the back wall of the pharynx. Aside from these defects, no instrument has yet been devised which is superior to it.
I have attempted to devise an instrument which will preserve the good qualities of the curet and at the same time overcome these two difficulties.
The instrument presented has all the features of the curet. In addition it has a flexible blade which cuts the growth at the back, and a movable cage over the fenestrum of the curet which permits the adenoid to project through the instrument and enables it to get down to the very base of the growth. The flexible blade is worked by an arm running through the handle to a thumb ring. In
Cullom MM. NEW INSTRUMENT FOR THE REMOVAL OF ADENOIDS. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(13):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.25710390002011a
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