Any one who has suffered the agonizing pain associated with a peritonsillar abscess, or who has had occasion to observe those so afflicted, can well understand the reason that prompts a search for some method of alleviating the pain. Until relief has occurred by incision or spontaneous evacuation, these people suffer untold agony and in addition are unable to open the mouth, chew or swallow. Consequently they are exhausted not only because of the persistence of the excruciating pain and its ensuing insomnia, but also because of the deprivation of food and water. Frequently the pain is so great and the inability to open the mouth so pronounced as to prevent the physician from making a proper examination or performing the necessary incision. The only relief to date that one may offer to those with this condition has been the obtundation of the pain by various analgesics and narcotics, and
GUTTMAN MR. ALLEVIATION OF PAIN IN PERITONSILLAR ABSCESSREPORT OF A METHOD INVOLVING COCAINIZATION OF THE PALATINE NERVES PASSING THROUGH THE SPHENOPALATINE GANGLION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(4):426–429. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560040042004
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