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September 15, 1917

THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF SINUSITIS IN INFANTS

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(11):895-898. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590380037014
Abstract

A DEFINITION OF SINUSITIS  The title of this paper is distinctly a misnomer. As a matter of fact, I do not believe that such a thing as sinusitis per se in infants exists. To bear out this assertion, we must revert to the actual anatomic conditions that are present in the first years of life. Let us arbitrarily classify infants and children according to the stage of development of the sinuses and not according to the actual age, although for the purpose of standardization we will take the age of 5 years as the dividing line between infancy and childhood, at least as far as the sinuses are concerned.1

DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACCESSORY SINUSES IN INFANTS  Let us follow the development of the accessory sinuses from the infant.2 The ethmoid is the only one which is well developed, the cells are perfect and contain the usual number (Fig.

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