In 1925 I1 reported the results of five years' usage of rubber drainage tubes in children after antrostomy. The rubber tubes have been used since then with the following changes : More attention is being paid to the patency of the natural ostium ; the number of days which the tubes are allowed to remain in place has been reduced from five or six to three or four days ; the irrigating solution has been changed from a chemical antiseptic to normal physiologic solution of sodium chloride, or the inflation of air is used.
The conclusions presented in 1925 that have withstood the test of time are:
1. The end-results of antral drainage in children compare favorably with those obtained in adults.
2. Radical surgical operation on the antrum is rarely necessary in children.
3. Suppurative or allergic processes will arrest the development of the sinuses, but by reestablishment of
SHEA JJ. FIFTEEN YEARS' EXPERIENCE WITH DRAINAGE TUBES AFTER ANTROSTOMY IN CHILDREN. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(1):14–18. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050021002
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