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December 1931

POSTOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS OF THE RADICAL EXTERNAL OPERATION OF THE FRONTAL SINUS

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Otolaryngology and Rhinology, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;14(6):793-796. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03580020884008
Abstract

A study of postoperative complications following radical external operation on the frontal sinus was undertaken to ascertain, if possible, whether such complications were due to faulty technic or to the nature of the disease. It has been noticed that complications occurred when least expected, and that they did not occur when most expected.

In general, if manifest disease of the external table existed before operation, if there was a tumor within the frontal sinus, if the anatomic arrangement of the sinus made such operation necessary, or if there were symptoms of intracranial extension, the Killian operation or some modification of it was used; otherwise, the Lynch type of operation was used.

Operation was performed in all but 4 of 158 cases under some form of general anesthesia. The open mask with ether, and nitrogen monoxide and ether were found to interfere so much with the operative field that ether administered

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