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February 1955


Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):241-243. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020255017

Endotracheal anesthesia for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, both in children and adults, is a trend that is growing rapidly in present-day surgical technique. It has for some time been a well-accepted technique in the adult, but its application to children has not been so extensive, even though it is well accepted in other fields of pediatric surgery. Pender and Hallberg,1 at the Mayo Clinic, and Boies,2 of the University of Minnesota, have both recently described their techniques of endotracheal anesthesia during adenotonsillectomy. It is our belief that the endotracheal anesthesia for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is just as applicable to children as to adults, and we have used this technique in 201 cases during the last two years. It is the purpose of this paper to report our experiences with this method.

It is because of the anesthesia in the majority of instances that we experience tragic complications in this

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