The uncomfortableness and annoyance to the patient of having his nasal respiration completely obstructed by packing the nasal fossae, together with the dangers of secondary otitis media and sinusitis because of the nasal obstruction, are so well known to rhinologists that I need not elaborate on them.
There are two methods in use for the after-treatment of the nasal septum following submucous resections, namely, one that provides for the packing of the nasal fossae with petrolatum gauze strip and another that omits the packing. The rhinologists who omit the packing do so because of the annoyance to the patient which the blocking of the nasal respiration causes, such as parched mouth from enforced oral respiration, pain in the ears on deglutition and difficulty in swallowing, and also because of the dangers of setting up an infection of the middle ear or of the sinus. On the other hand, others employ
ROTH E. A METHOD OF NASAL PACKING FOLLOWING SUBMUCOUS RESECTION OF THE SEPTUM WHICH ALLOWS FREE NASAL RESPIRATION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;13(5):732. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03660020096009
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