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January 1945


Arch Otolaryngol. 1945;41(1):79-84. doi:10.1001/archotol.1945.00680030102011

Prior to the advent of chemotherapy, recoveries in cases of thrombosis of a cavernous sinus were extremely rare. In a recent article MacNeal1 summarized reports of 58 cases in which there was recovery, covering a period of many years of medical literature. His article places particular emphasisis on the staphylococcus as the causative organism in this condition and includes an excellent review of the anatomic and the pathologic observations and the intracranial pathways and origins, as well as the case reports. He also discusses the various forms of treatment that have been advocated, including surgical operation, injection of serum, and the use of bacteriophages and sulfonamide compounds. Since the case we are reporting falls into one of the groups he has discussed, no further résumé of these aspects will be given.

REPORT OF A CASE  A white man aged 49 was admitted to the Army and Navy General Hospital