SINCE the first submucous resection operation was described, there have been many suggestions and different methods for packing the nose or methods for keeping the two flaps in close apposition. Ballenger,1 in Jackson's textbook on diseases of the nose and throat, describes this method of packing:
After all the septal abnormalities have been corrected and the flaps co-apted, a one-half inch gauze tape soaked in petroleum jelly is carefully packed into each nostril so as to hold the septal flaps in the midline position. The dressing is removed in twenty-four hours and if bleeding occurs, or the flaps do not stay in position, the dressing may be re-inserted on one or both sides for another twenty-four hours. If crust tends to form over the nasal mucosa, oil or petroleum jelly may be applied to the involved area.
This description of the usual method of packing the nose is quoted to
SCHIFF M, HARBERT F. TUBULAR WAX SPLINTS IN SUBMUCOUS RESECTION: Report of One Hundred and Fifty Cases. Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;48(6):662–665. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690040676004
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