In view of the prevalence of infection in the ear, nose and throat, it is to be expected that this should be encountered from time to time in patients suffering with diabetes mellitus. In a recent review of the literature, it was surprising to note that whereas the importance of infection in these patients has been stressed repeatedly when occurring elsewhere, scant reference is made to infection in the ear, nose and throat, with the exception of mastoiditis complicating diabetes mellitus. Gangrene in that region is even more of a rarity. Such, perhaps, was the conclusion of Dibold and Huber1 when they questioned the infrequency of infection in this area and as a result of their study of 194 cases observed that diabetic patients die more frequently of infection than of diabetes mellitus or any other cause.
The present study has been actuated primarily by the desire to contribute to
GOLDBERG SA. GANGRENE AND INFECTION OF THE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT COMPLICATING DIABETES MELLITUS: A REVIEW OF CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS WITH SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(1):16–31. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020017002
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