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June 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Otolaryngological Service of Metropolitan Hospital, Welfare Island (Dr. J. A. W. Hetrick, director).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(6):1038-1041. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660031049013

Probably no other therapeutic procedure is as frequently and beneficially employed in the average rhinologist's office as is the irrigation of the antrum. Of all the paranasal sinuses the antrum is most often involved (according to some writers, in as many as 97 per cent of the cases of sinal disease). It is therefore worth while reemphasizing that better and more lasting results are obtained in the treatment of this sinus than in that of any of the others, either by conservative or by surgical means.1

In spite of the fact that the present trend is to penetrate the sinus through the natural ostium, it is nevertheless true that in many cases the older method of antral puncture is more desirable from the point of view of the physician and less irritating to the patient. Furthermore, the occasion frequently arises when the use of the puncture method is imperative. The

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