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October 1949

USE OF RADIUM IN TREATMENT OF HYPERTROPHIC LYMPHOID TISSUE IN THE NASOPHARYNX

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(4):417-428. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010429005
Abstract

INCOMPLETE surgical removal is not the only cause of the recurrence of lymphoid tissue in the nasopharynx following adenoidectomy. Even though all visible and palpable areas of adenoid tissue are carefully removed, there may remain seeds of lymphoid tissue in the mucous membrane of the nasopharynx which may increase in size, leading to deafness, chronic pharyngitis, chronic postnasal discharge and otorrhea.

During the past ten years radium has been found to be useful in destroying recurrent lymphoid tissue in the nasopharynx. However, the dose of radiation has not been definitely established.

The aims of this paper are: (1) to present a picture of radium therapy as applied to the nasopharynx, including the anatomic, pathologic and physical principles involved; (2) to show the therapeutic indications for the therapy; (3) to outline the therapeutic technic; (4) to compare the results in a short series of cases in which the monel metal® 50

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