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March 1940

SIMPLE MASTOIDECTOMY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF ONE HUNDRED CONSECUTIVE CASES

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FRAMINGHAM, MASS.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(3):478-490. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010482010
Abstract

This study was undertaken for the purpose of determining various factors in the preoperative, operative and postoperative stages in the cases considered and evaluating them to aid in the conduct of treatment in similar cases in the future.

For this purpose, I have taken a series of 100 consecutive simple mastoidectomies which were all performed by me in the same hospital during the years 1935 and 1936. The operative technic and postoperative care were the same in all cases.

During the operative procedure, all tissue within the mastoid or connected with it which was infected or might later have become so by extension was exenterated.

To this end, the teachings of Meltzer1 were found to be extremely useful. The position of the lateral sinus, once determined, gave much information concerning the relative size of groups of cells in various locations. I should emphasize the necessity of complete eradication of the

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