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December 1926

A NEW PROCEDURE IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC MAXILLARY SINUS SUPPURATION IN CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University Medical School.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(6):521-525. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010551008

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Abstract

In the treatment of chronic maxillary sinus suppuration in a child, a physician is mainly concerned with the problem of securing adequate drainage and some means by which these sinuses may be frequently and comfortably irrigated. Dean conducts all sinus treatments in children under ethylene anesthesia. No matter of what type or what the anesthetic agent may be, general narcosis is never without danger, and it is not pleasant to administer a general anesthetic from six to twenty times to a child.

In a paper read two years ago, Shea suggested opening the antrums underneath the inferior turbinate and inserting a rubber tube through which the sinus could be irrigated daily with no discomfort to the child. This seemed a rational procedure, but when put into practice certain technical difficulties immediately became manifest. In the first place, the insertion of a straight rubber tube around the corner

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