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November 1936

THE PANSINUS OPERATION FOR ASTHMA

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PITTSBURGH

Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(5):606-611. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050619007
Abstract

For many years the value of various operations on patients with chronic hyperplastic sinus disease for the relief of asthma has been a greatly debated problem. There has been and remains a marked difference of opinion between the proponents of the conservative treatment of asthma and those of the radical type of surgical intervention. It is planned to report here the effect of the pansinus operation on thirteen patients with markedly advanced chronic hyperplastic pansinusitis associated with asthma. In every case the operation consisted of a bilateral fronto-ethmosphenoidectomy and the Caldwell-Luc operation. This extensive surgical procedure was not done on account of the asthma but was performed primarily for the relief of symptoms of the sinus disease—that is, severe headache, marked nasal discharge or toxemia— and to lessen the probability of the development of complications, such as meningitis or abscess of the brain.

ETIOLOGIC RELATIONSHIP OF SINUS DISEASE

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