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May 1933


Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(5):697-699. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050688012

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T. P., a girl, now 15 years old, was admitted to the contagious department of the City Hospital eight years prior to the writing of this report. Soon after admission acute otitis media developed in the right ear, which became complicated by acute mastoiditis ; mastoidectomy was carried out, and an extensive breaking down of the bone tissue was found. Neither the sinus nor the dura was exposed. The patient made an uneventful recovery, and when she was discharged six weeks after admission the wound in the mastoid had healed except for a small opening at the lower end of the incision, from which there was a constant seeping of clear, watery fluid.

Seven years later she consulted an otologist in a neighboring city, who concluded that the drainage was due to some diseased mastoid cells which had been left after the operation, and the mastoid was operated on again.

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