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September 1933


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(3):343. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03580060365011

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The adenoid operation, however simple and easily done, is compromised by the rigid type of instrument. Experience shows that clean removal of adenoid tissue is not easily accomplished, as evidenced by the frequency of regrowth after operation.

The adenoid is superimposed on unyielding bony tissue which has no constant contour or angle. A rigid instrument may be manipulated, after being put in position, to include the maximum amount of tissue for each person, but such adjustment is always limited by the spread between the teeth of an open mouth and the fact that neither the instrument nor the posterior wall will yield to pressure.

The instrument presented here is flexible. When pressed forward, it conforms to the angle presented in the individual patient. Ordinarily pressure in this direction would approximate the lower pole of the adenoid and

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