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October 1952


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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(4):453. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020475014

Direct exposure of the nasopharynx for removal of lymphoid-tissue remnants after the main adenoid mass has been extirpated has wide acceptance as the most satisfactory method of insuring an efficient adenoidectomy.

Adequate exposure of the nasopharynx sometimes presents a bit of a problem when a fixedtongue-blade type of mouth gag, such as the Davis or Mclvor, is used. This type of gag gives an1 excellent view of the oropharynx and hypopharynx but has the disadvantage of fixing the anterior pillars. This diminishes the amount of cephalad retraction that can be exerted upon

A new soft-palate retractor.

the uvula and the soft palate, thus limiting the nasopharyngeal exposure. To improve this exposure, an additional pull forward is required. To accomplish this, a new soft palate retractor has been devised.

The retractor1 presented has a "butterfly" tip (Figure) with a central notch that prevents the uvula from slipping from side to

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