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August 1951

NASAL PACKING: The Rubber Pneumatic Pack

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(2):191-194. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750080079013

An improved model of the rubber pneumatic nasal pack previously described1 has been developed after 15 yr. of experience with nasal packing methods. The earlier model of the nasal pack (Fig. 1) was unavailable during World War II owing to the rubber shortage, and the present change was felt advisable when production was resumed.

The old model of the pack without the breathing tube was found to have several minor disadvantages. In the case of a very large nasal fossa, the flat pack assumed an ovoid cross section on adequate inflation which allowed the pack to slip through the posterior choana like an olive-tipped bougie. In one case of postoperative polypectomy with considerable turbinate atrophy the inflated pack, fastened to the cheek by adhesive tape, was swallowed by a senile patient, causing considerable apprehension until the pack appeared in the patient's stools within 24 hr. (still inflated). The small