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March 1938

A NEW SPLINT FOR THE NASAL SEPTUM

Author Affiliations

SOMERVILLE, MASS. Instructor in Clinical Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine; Second Assistant Surgeon, Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals, Boston.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(3):343-346. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030353010

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Abstract

Any one who has had experience with an operation for the correction of a deformity or a fracture of the nasal septum can undoubtedly recall the unpleasant twenty-four hours following the operation. This was due, in a large measure if not entirely, to the bulky nasal packing used to approximate the septal flaps. While the packing was more or less successful in maintaining approximation, it occluded the nasal airway, dammed back nasal secretion, interfered with breathing and, in short, contributed materially to the general discomfort of the patient.

The instrument to be described has the following advantages: (1) maintenance of better mechanical approximation; (2) control of hemorrhage, especially postoperative hematoma; (3) maintenance of a free airway; (4) allowance of free drainage of nasal secretions, and (5) allowance of access to the nose for medication.

The instrument consists of a right and a left member (fig. 1). Each member has a

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