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May 1933

ZYGOMATIC INFECTIONS AS A FACTOR IN OTITIC COMPLICATIONS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(5):625-634. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050616001
Abstract

In modern surgical operations on the mastoid one of the prime considerations of the operator is the complete exenteration of all the cellular structure. It is an accepted fact that the incomplete operation prolongs the morbidity greatly, and also that the incidence of otitic complications is much higher in the incompletely performed operations than in the complete ones. By complete operation we mean the type first popularized by Schwartze1 and later modified by Gruening,2 Whiting3 and Friesner.4 At the end of the complete operation the surgeon should be able to see clearly the external semicircular canal, a clean initial groove, a clean sinus plate, the middle fossa plate, the digastric muscle, the mastoid tip removed and a cleanly exenterated zygoma. In this communication we are concerned chiefly with the consideration of the zygoma.

ANATOMY

The zygomatic (old term, malar) bone forms the prominent part of the

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