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August 1945

LABYRINTHITIS FOLLOWING PURULENT INFECTION OF THE MIDDLE EAR: HISTOPATHOLOGIC STUDIES

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Otolaryngology of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Presbyterian Hosptial.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1945;42(2):93-109. doi:10.1001/archotol.1945.00680040129002
Abstract

The recent advances in the chemotherapy of purulent infections have radically changed the attitude of physicians toward the problem of tympanogenic labyrinthitis. In the past their main concern had been the prevention and the treatment of meningitis, which often followed labyrinthitis and which very often had a fatal termination. Today, however, meningitis has become somewhat less a problem. The main interest has shifted to the question of the prevention and the treatment of labyrinthitis. The prevention of labyrinthitis means the preservation of hearing, which is greatly endangered and too frequently lost in cases of labyrinthine infection. A thorough knowledge of the genesis of this disease seems, therefore, highly desirable.

In a previous paper1 the genesis of labyrinthitis following subacute otitis media due to Pneumococcus type III was discussed. In this paper labyrinthitis following exudative inflammation of the middle ear will be studied and particularly the role played by the windows

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