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June 1928

DRAINAGE OF THE CISTERNA PONTIS LATERALIS IN OTOGENIC MENINGITIS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;7(6):614-617. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620010642008
Abstract

I do not know who first proposed or performed the operation of drainage of the cisterna pontis lateralis in otogenic meningitis. Goerke,1 whose report of five cases with two recoveries was the first reference I saw, mentioned Uffenorde and Holmgren, but I have not succeeded in finding the original reports. Blau2 reported a case of sinus thrombosis, cerebellar abscess and meningitis in which recovery occurred after this operation; he also mentioned Hinsberg and Boenninghaus. I am not aware of any reports of this operation in the American literature.

Tilney and Riley mentioned, but did not describe, the "cisterna lateralis." It is not mentioned in either Cunningham's or Gray's Anatomy. The best practical description that I have seen is by Boss.3 Practically and briefly, it is an arachnoid space, communicating with the cisterna magna, and extending outward along the posterior surface of the petrosa to a line that

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