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January 1934

A NEW SOFT PALATE RETRACTOR AND ADENOID PUNCH

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(1):66-67. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790010073006

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Abstract

The instruments presented are a basket punch for removing the remnants of adenoids and soft palate retractors in sizes suitable for use in adults and children.

Otolaryngologists are familiar with the difficulty of removing the adenoid mass completely and with the necessity of minimizing trauma to the important structures nearby. The fact that the epipharynx cannot be well visualized directly during or after operation accounts in a large part for the many incomplete operative attempts in this region. It was with this problem in mind that the instruments were devised.

The soft palate retractors give the greatest possible direct view of the epipharynx through the mouth, and at the same time afford ample space for surgical manipulation. They are useful for clinical examination, but are of greatest value, I believe, in the inspection after removal of adenoids to determine whether the desired amount of tissue has been removed. Direct visualization

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