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August 1934

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT OF PETROSITIS: REPORT OF TWO CASES WITH RECOVERY WITHOUT OPERATION

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(2):172-177. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600020036004

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Abstract

Otologists have finally subscribed to the view that petrositis or suppuration of the petrous pyramid is a more or less definite, clinical, otologic entity. Controversy still exists, and justly so, as to the type of operation to be employed in reaching the suppurative focus. Nor is it universally agreed that in all cases in which a definite diagnosis has been made operative intervention at once becomes imperative.

It must seem obvious that the purpose of any operation on the pyramid should have as its basic therapeutic aim the complete eradication of the diseased tissue or the establishment of adequate drainage from the infected region.

Almour did not pretend that his ingenious operation would effect the complete eradication of the diseased tissue. His efforts were directed solely toward creating an outlet through which the pus from the diseased apex might be evacuated. There is no doubt that the method accomplishes this

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