The case was that of a Mexican boy who, on April 20, 1928, was operated on at the Annual Meeting of the State Medical Association for the removal of the tonsils. The method employed was the Sluder method with the crushing La Force tonsillotome. The boy was seen three days later and seemed to be progressing normally. Later that day, however, he began to complain of pain in the region of the right ear; two days later he suffered from severe general headache. On April 28, that is, eight days after the tonsillectomy, proptosis of the right eye developed.
I saw the patient on May 1, at which time he presented atypical signs of cavernous sinus thrombosis, proptosis of the globe, chemosis and dryness of the cornea, lymphangitis of the right side of the face and neck, high temperature and delirium. Operative treatment seemed out of the question, and a
IDE C. CAVERNOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS AND MENINGITIS FOLLOWING TONSILLECTOMY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(6):656–657. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030688010
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