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January 1955


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Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting, Boston, May 27-28,1954

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(1):119-125. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020132013

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Blood Dyscrasias and Their Relation to Laryngology.Dr. William Dameshek (by invitation), Boston.  Dr. Dameshek discussed a wide variety of blood disturbances associated with throat symptoms. Sideropenic dysphagia is a new term applied to the Plummer-Vinson syndrome, in which lowered iron content leads to changes in the mouth, tongue, and esophagus. Other deficiency diseases mentioned were agranulocytosis and mononucleosis, due to derangement of the white cell system, as well as the blood deficiencies due to various drugs, such as aminopyrine (Amidopyrine), antihistaminics, etc. Other diseases discussed by the author include leukemia, thrombocytic purpura, and vitamin K deficiency, all with various pharyngeal manifestations. Also included in the discussion were hemophilia, periarteritis nodosa, and hereditary telangiectasis.The author questioned the value of routine preoperative blood studies in ear, nose, and throat surgery, especially with reference to the bleeding and coagulation time. The family and personal histories have proved to be more productive

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