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In making this report concerning a series of patients treated with radium and now under observation for a period of three years, I feel that enthusiasm for this method of treatment is fully warranted by the results obtained in the nose and throat department of Beth Israel Hospital. I do not, however, advocate radium as a substitute for tonsillectomy. It should be used only in those cases in which tonsillectomy is indicated, but in which surgery is inapplicable.
In performing a tonsillectomy the majority of surgeons remove the tonsil still enclosed in its capsule, so that immediately after the operation the faucial pillars appear intact and the faucial arch perfectly symmetrical; yet several months later, the throat presents a very different appearance. By this time granulations will have appeared and covered the exposed muscles, resulting in cicatricial tissue and contraction of pillars and arches. Such a result
SCAL JC. TREATMENT OF DISEASED TONSILS BY MEANS OF RADIUM. Arch Otolaryngol. 1927;5(2):109–118. doi:10.1001/archotol.1927.00600010121001
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