The injection of iodized oil into the sinuses has been carried out for many years—being first, and more popularly, used as a diagnostic means. Recently Goodyear1 has laid emphasis on the value of the oil as a therapeutic agent for disease of the sinuses. His pronouncements have given rise to a certain amount of controversy. It is with this in mind that I presume to relate my own observations.
Like Goodyear, many who have used the iodized oil have noticed that patients volunteered the information that the side on which the oil had been injected for diagnostic purposes felt vastly relieved after the "treatment." This was surprising, as no attempt at formal treatment had been made. This effect was often obtained when the condition was bilateral and similar shrinkage had been applied to each middle meatus. The feeling was that the oil was a factor in the improvement, rather than
LITTELL JJ. TREATMENT OF CHRONIC SINUSITIS WITH IODIZED OIL. Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(5):723–726. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030737014
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