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Article
August 1935

RADICAL MASTOIDECTOMY IN ADULTS WITH AURAL TUBERCULOSIS AND ACTIVE PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(2):143-153. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030156002
Abstract

INDICATION FOR OPERATION

Surgical intervention for the patient with active pulmonary tuberculosis has always been looked on as a grave detriment because of the low body resistance, and the fundamental treatment relied on has been based on the general building up of this resistance. The main trend of this thought has not changed today, but in the past few years physicians treating patients with pulmonary tuberculosis have learned and accepted the value of surgical procedures, such as thoracoplasty, injection of gas and phrenico-exeresis, in helping the body fight its disease with greater success than before. The value of surgical treatment has extended to other tuberculous conditions and complications. Thus, no one will gainsay the value of the use of cautery puncture in treating a tuberculous epiglottis, nor can one deny the value of resection of the superior laryngeal nerve for the control of incessant dysphagia due to a

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