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September 1937

SURGICAL TREATMENT FOR SUPPURATIVE PETROSITIS: A CRITIQUE

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(3):294-305. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020322005
Abstract

In the discussion of the various technics employed in surgical treatment of purulent lesions in the pars petrosa the first significant fact that needs recognition is that lesions in this area vary considerably with each case. Therefore, it would be illogical for any one to conceive that any one given technic can be advocated as a standard method to be used for all types of petrosal infection. Eradication of the osseous tissue of the pars petrosa is the only surgical procedure that nearly approximates general adequacy to reach all types of petrosal lesions. However, lesions of the anatomic structures involved in the formation of the labyrinth are left untouched by it. The fact remains to be remembered that petrosal lesions give no indication that such an eradication of the entire petrosal contents is demanded to effect a cure in every case.

From all this the deduction is possible that surgical

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