The instrument presented is a modification of the familiar pillar retractor. The retractor end is approximately twice as wide as the old model, and is curved from side to side. The instrument is 9 inches (22.86 cm.) in length. At the handle end is a socket designed to admit the metal tip of the standard diathermy cord, for use when the retractor is employed as a dispersive electrode for electrocoagulation of the tonsil. When the retractor is being used for this purpose a piece of light rubber tubing is slipped over the handle end, until all but 1 inch (2.5 cm.) of the retractor end is covered, to prevent accidental burning of the lips, tongue or cheek.
Modified tonsil pillar retractor (one-third full size).
The retractor is of particular advantage in exposing the lower pole of the tonsil or the base of the tonsil fossa, as its width and curved
HURD LM. MODIFIED HURD TONSIL PILLAR RETRACTOR. Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(3):380. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040390008
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