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February 1943

THROMBOPHLEBITIS OF THE CAVERNOUS SINUS: A REVIEW OF REPORTED RECOVERIES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THROMBOPHLEBITIS OF STAPHYLOCOCCIC ORIGIN

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Bacteriology, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Columbia University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;29(2):231-257. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880140077004
Abstract

In selecting for discussion particular groups of severe staphylococcic infections according to anatomic divisions, we have been guided largely by practical consideration to present first reports on patients with disorders commonly regarded as highly lethal. Observations on such patients and especially presentation of the records of those in whom recovery has occurred may be of immediate aid to physicians confronted with similar desperate clinical problems. One such clinical entity which physicians may well regard as a challenge to their most diligent efforts is staphylococcic septic thrombosis of the cavernous sinus, its tributaries and communications.

The present paper concerns certain aspects of thrombophlebitis of the cavernous sinus, particularly the anatomic structure of this venous plexus, the causation and mode of its infection and recorded cases in which the patient has recovered. Consideration of a series of original cases will follow in another paper.

ANATOMIC CONSIDERATIONS  The two cavernous sinuses are situated

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