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June 1944

USE OF SOLUTION OF POSTERIOR PITUITARY OF TWICE U. S. P. CONCENTRATION FOR HEMORRHAGE FOLLOWING TONSILLECTOMY OR ADENOIDECTOMY

Author Affiliations

BATON ROUGE, LA.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(6):536. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010555015
Abstract

The best insurance against hemorrhage following operations for the removal of tonsils and adenoids is an exact and painstaking surgical dissection with adequate preoperative and postoperative care to keep down secondary infection. In spite of conscientious adherence to this principle, from 3 to 4 per cent of patients will have annoying if not serious bleeding from the fourth to the eighth day.

Until 1941 I had used all of the technics suggested in the literature for this type of bleeding. None was satisfactory for one reason or another. At that time one of my confreres told me he was using a solution of posterior pituitary of twice the U. S. P. concentration with some good results. Since then I have learned from various otolaryngologists that it is a dependable member of their armamentarium.

Its use has never been reported in the literature, but I judge from conversation with other men

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