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September 1935

"REINFECTION OF THE WOUND FOLLOWING MASTOIDECTOMY": Detailed Report of Case Previously Published

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;22(3):325-328. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640030339007

In the ARCHIVES OFOTOLARYNGOLOGY1 for January 1935 a paper was published entitled "Reinfection of the Wound Following Mastoidectomy." The third case which was reported in that paper has given rise to discussion. I have claimed and still believe that this was a case of meningitis sympathica. Dr. Samuel J. Kopetzky believes that the case was one of acute suppurative meningitis with recovery. Because of the divergence of opinion, Dr. Kopetzky has requested that the history of the case be given in detail, and since there is so marked a controversy I believe that this should be done. The details were omitted in the original paper, as the object was not to report either meningitis or meningitis sympathica but to discuss reinfection after mastoidectomy.

In the present communication it is my intention not to argue the question but to give the various clinical details which were not mentioned

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