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January 1948


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital of Columbia University.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(1):46-48. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030053006

THE SURGICAL eradication of laryngeal web tissue presently to be described represents a new procedure. Careful consideration of the literature does not reveal any similar work save, perhaps, Haslinger's.

Over twenty years ago one of us (Dr. Poe) was present when Haslinger performed an operation for the elimination of a soft tissue diaphragm, at which time Haslinger introduced a small metal plate between the vocal cords after the division of the web, and was afforded the opportunity to observe the patient during the course of convalescence until the latter was discharged as cured. Among the complications was the granulation tissue that formed on the raw surfaces of the cords, which required frequent applications of silver nitrate. Spells of coughing and general discomfort persisted until the delicate tissue of the upper respiratory tract became accustomed to the presence of the foreign body. The metal plate remained in place for about three

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