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The suture needle illustrated is of service in any type of intranasal plastic operation. All other nasal suture needles which I have tried are more bulky and require more space in which to manipulate them. It has been suggested that there are situations in general surgical work in which this needle would be of advantage.
I have used this instrument since 1928 whenever it was necessary to suture within the nose, and it has served me admirably in all the situations encountered.
The difficulty of tearing a friable mucous membrane that is encountered with other suturing instruments is overcome entirely with this needle. The depth of the bite taken may be varied at will, the suture being put through one side of the incision at a time.
Fig. 1.—A indicates the movable guard, and B, the lancet-shaped thin blade. C shows the eye of the needle closed.
MALONE JY. NASAL SUTURE NEEDLE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(4):562. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050552009
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