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April 1943


Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(4):536-551. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030548007

Subdural abscess complicating frontal sinusitis is an important yet little recognized entity. It is mentioned infrequently as being of pathologic interest and hardly ever is thought of as warranting clinical consideration. The numerous other conditions that often precede, accompany or follow subdural abscesses have tended to overshadow the significance of the latter and to obscure the fact that the development of a subdural abscess may be one of the most important stages in the progression of an infection which, if unchecked, is fatal.

It cannot be said that the recognition of subdural abscesses clinically will afford any revolutionary changes in present knowledge of the intracranial extension of infection from the frontal sinus or that treatment of these lesions holds great possibility of materially reducing the mortality rate. Yet it may be hoped that a better understanding of the pathologic process will serve a useful purpose in emphasizing the danger of

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