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May 1939

BLOOD SEDIMENTATION IN ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA AND ITS COMPLICATIONS

Author Affiliations

NEW ORLEANS
From the Department of Otolaryngology of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital and Tulane University of Louisiana.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;29(5):820-828. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650050882003
Abstract

In contrast to the voluminous literature found on the subject of sedimentation rates in other branches of medicine there is a noticeable scarcity of literature on this subject in the field of otolaryngology. Hart,1 from a series of 25 cases of acute otitis media and its complications in which sedimentation studies were made and cultures of the causative organism taken, concluded that in the main the sedimentation rate is proportional to the severity of the infection, regardless of the nature of the complication. He stated the belief that this work offers no help in the differentiation of otitis media from its complications. He did, however, express the opinion that it is of definite prognostic value. Weiss2 concluded from a series of cases of chronic otitis media that the sedimentation rate in this condition is normal. However, a high or rising rate is suggestive of impending mastoiditis. He declared himself

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