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December 1928

A NEW TECHNIC FOR THE LIGATION OF VESSELS IN TONSILLECTOMY

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;8(6):657-662. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620020689004
Abstract

A decade or so ago, the operation universally practiced for the removal of enlarged and diseased tonsils was that properly called tonsillotomy, because it consisted of only partial removal of the organ.

That this operation would prove a disappointment in failing to clear up either the local or the general infection is what might reasonably have been inferred from the consideration that the crypts in which the infective material is lodged extend through the whole depth of the tonsil to its enveloping capsule.

There was therefore devised the operation of tonsillectomy or, as it is sometimes called, enucleation, which aims at the removal of the entire organ with its capsule. At the present time, any operation that falls in any degree short of this performance is looked on as a failure.

Tonsillectomy is therefore a different undertaking from the old operation of tonsillotomy, and if properly done should be

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