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May 13, 1899

New Instruments.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460045008

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A New Rectal Tampon.  BY J. RAWSON PENNINGTON, M.D.CHICAGO.The success of a rectal operation depends quite as much on the dressing and after-treatment as on the operation itself. My purpose is to call attention to the construction and application of a rectal tampon which, so far as I know, is new. I have observed that one of the principal sources of pain after operations for hemorrhoids is the protrusion and swelling of small tabs of skin after the ligature, or the cauterized surfaces after the clamp and cautery, has been used. This post-operative complication can be prevented to a great degree by the skillful application of a properly constructed rectal tampon. Where it is properly applied, anodynes are rarely necessary. It not only lessens pain, but is one of the best possible protections against hemorrhage. It also provides for rectal drainage, and is one of the best dressings

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