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In this monograph of 221 pages, the author aims to present a complete account of his exploratory suction method for the diagnosis of latent sinusitis. This method is an elaboration of the technic for injecting sterile water into a sinus, its immediate withdrawal by suction into the syringe and examination of the fluid for evidences of infection.
According to the author's view, a latent sinusitis, that is, one from which there is no frank discharge of pus but from which virulent organisms can be cultured, is more likely to be a source of systemic infection than is a sinus in which an accumulation of pus is demonstrable. This proposition is not unlike the one which one sometimes hears advocated, that a nonsecretory form of sinusitis, as evidenced by thickening of the mucoperiosteum lining the sinuses, is a serious menace.
In treatment the author is rather conservative as compared with those
CHRONIC NASAL SINUSITIS AND ITS RELATION TO GENERAL MEDICINE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;12(4):553. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03570010617018
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