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Recently I have successfully employed irrigation by means of a trocar in a series of cases of infection of the antrum following extraction. The patients did not have a history of any foreign body having entered the antrum, although a few of them had fistulas. Treatment was started soon after the dental work had been done. Roentgenograms of the antrum were not taken in the majority of the cases. The following case is cited as unusual in the series:
A 26 year old nurse presented herself at my office complaining of pain in the left cheek, aching in the small joints of the hands and feet and general malaise. Nine days previously, the upper left third molar had been extracted. The present illness began two or three days later. It was recalled that a small piece of gauze had been left in the cavity by the operator and had not
HARGETT ER. EXPULSION OF FOREIGN BODY FROM THE ANTRUM WITH THE AID OF IRRIGATION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(2):332. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010334008
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