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July 1931

A NEW BIPOLAR ELECTRODE FOR COAGULATION OF THE TONSILS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(1):80-82. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03580020088011
Abstract

Coagulation of the tonsils is gaining in use in spite of some well founded objections. That it eliminates the danger of abscess of the lungs or deep cervical infection cannot be safely asserted until many more cases have been recorded. According to Dan McKenzie, of London, true hemophilia is a contraindication to its use. Hemorrhages have been reported in nonbleeders following the separation of the coagulated tissue. The procedure cannot be used in children, therefore automatically ruling out the greater percentage of subjects. It requires several applications, each followed by some reaction. No assurance can be given of complete removal within a definite time.

Its greatest use is found in cases in which the patients cannot or will not spare the time to go to the hospital and remain away from their work for the one or two weeks necessary when operation is performed. In cases regarded as inoperable, and

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