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November 1933


Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(5):719-728. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03580060761011

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Abscess of the Frontal Lobe (Multiple) Secondary to Frontal Sinusitis: Report of a Case. Dr. William Gordon.  The high mortality from abscess of the frontal lobe, in spite of the comparative rarity of the condition, merits a thorough study of the subject. Eagleton placed the mortality between 75 and 80 per cent. The literature was studied in an attempt to determine the reasons for the high mortality and to analyze the cases of the patients who recovered. The general phases considered were (1) etiology, (2) diagnosis, (3) anatomic relations and (4) treatment. In addition, an illustrative case is reported.Etiology.—Infection: It is interesting to note that with so much nasal suppuration and so little aural suppuration, otitic abscesses are many times more numerous than those of nasal origin (900 abscesses of the middle fossa and 150 of the frontal lobe). The explanation of this offered by Eagleton is that

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