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November 1951


Author Affiliations

Fellow in Otolaryngology, Eye and Ear Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(5):558-559. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750110094016

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It is not my purpose to discuss the conditions in which the posterior nasal plug is indicated but merely to illustrate a variation in technique that has proved beneficial both to the patient and to the surgeon. So far as can be ascertained, this variation has not been described previously.

All those engaged in the practice of otorhinolaryngology have at one time or another been forced to resort to the use of the posterior nasal pack in the control of hemorrhage. In many instances the pack is inserted at the time of surgery while the patient is still on the operating table under general anesthesia. At other times the plug is inserted with the patient fully conscious of the procedure and suffering the utmost discomfort, as well as apprehension, due to the hemorrhage.

All surgeons have used the soft rubber urethral catheter as a guide to recover the looped cord

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