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May 1933

CAVERNOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS FOLLOWING SUBMUCOUS RESECTION

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Ear, Nose and Throat department, service of Dr. Francis L. Lederer, Research and Educational Hospitals, University of Illinois, College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(5):635-639. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050626002
Abstract

Submucous resection is generally regarded as a harmless, simple procedure. Nevertheless, the medical literature issues, not without infrequency, a slow, unending stream of reports of complications following submucous resection. The commonplace complications are familiar to the rhinologist and require no further exposition. More unusual sequelae, sources of infinite worry to the surgeon, are generalized septicemia, meningitis, hemorrhage, abscess of the brain and erysipelas. To this may now be added cavernous sinus thrombosis. Although it seems certain that this complication must have been reported, a careful search of the literature of the past twenty years fails to disclose the report of a case similar to mine. Consequently, I feel justified in stating that cavernous sinus thrombosis is a rare complication following submucous resection.

REPORT OF A CASE

History.—S. C., a man, aged 33, was first admitted to our outpatient department on April 9, 1932, complaining of

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