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July 1953


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(1):94-95. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040111010

PAPILLOMA of the larynx in adults is a problem very difficult of solution. In the child it commonly disappears when puberty arrives. Several treatments, medical (as the use of calcined magnesia), physical, and surgical are recognized. Disappearance of papilloma at puberty makes us think of the possibility of a local action of estrogens. However, all therapeutic attempts using estrogens have failed. My colleagues and I also have had opportunity to apply this method, without satisfactory results. We commonly recommend vocal rest and the use of calcined magnesia when the patient remains under our control. Removal of the vilosities is done only to facilitate respiration. We do not agree with the use of radiotherapy because of its inefficacy, noticed on several occasions. It is important to note that several authors, among them Spira, consider a grave professional fault the failure to use this therapy, especially in the child. Vocal rest in

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