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September 1929


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(3):217-237. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620060011001

In this paper, I shall describe those cases in which the typical symptoms of sinus thrombosis appear after operative intervention in the middle ear and mastoid; no attention, however, will be given to the question of whether the sinus thrombosis occurred because there was a simple temporal relation or because there was an interdependence of cause and effect.

Of 154 cases of sinus thrombosis in which operation was performed in Alexander's1 department, twenty-two were of postoperative sinus thrombosis. In 13.9 per cent of the cases the sinus thrombosis was diagnosed after intervention on the mastoid, that is, the middle ear, while in 86.1 per cent of the cases (the greatest majority) the right diagnosis had been made before the operative procedure.

When these cases are grouped according to the nature of the underlying otitis, one finds that in twelve cases the condition was due to acute otitis and in

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