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January 2, 1897

MODERN METHODS OF TREATING THE MAXILLARY AND OTHER SINUSES OF THE CRANIUM.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(1):16-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440010016001e

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Abstract

Pathology.  —The diseases to which the sinuses of the head are liable are many. The most common, however, are empyema, tumors and necrosis of the walls from syphilis, mentioned in the order of their importance and frequency of occurrence.Empyema antri is a suppurative condition and arises in the maxillary sinus, in a large proportion of cases from infection through dental abscesses, although the records show a considerable number of cases that can be traced to the extension of disease from the nasal cavity. In some instances the local inflammation undoubtedly arises from occlusion of the osteum maxillare by polypi or inflammation and decomposition of the retained secretion of the cavity walls. The most common cause of obstruction of the natural outlets of the antri is nasal polypi situated around the opening. The final result in any case is suppuration within the cavity of the antrum.In chronic empyematous conditions

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