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September 1942

SEPTIC THROMBOPHLEBITIS OF THE NECKReport of a Case with Serious Complications

Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;36(3):381-384. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.03760030077007

Septic thrombophlebitis of the cervical veins constitutes one of the most serious and dreaded complications of infectious processes in the neck. Fortunately, this complication is of rather infrequent occurrence, and the outcome depends in a large measure on the early recognition and the prompt employment of proper surgical and medical procedures.

In the following rather typical case the process was one of extreme severity associated with numerous complications, for the relief of which a whole series of surgical procedures was found necessary.

The combined surgical and chemical therapy probably accounts for the recovery of the patient.

REPORT OF CASE  History.—J. Mc., a white woman aged 32, was admitted to the medical service of the Cincinnati General Hospital on March 19, 1941. The patient was somewhat irrational and disoriented.Past History.—According to her brother, there was a record of frequent attacks of quinsy. About two years before she had

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