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November 1957

Nasal Surgery in Children

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(5):497-502. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830290003001

The problem of nasal surgery in children is one of the most challenging ones with which all of us engaged in otolaryngologic practice must contend. The purpose of this presentation is to offer our experiences, to explain what we believe are the indications for such surgery, and to describe the various surgical techniques used.

Of a total of 1118 elective nasal operations performed from 1948 through 1955, a total of 108, or 9.7%, have been done on children between the ages of 4 and 16. Figure 1 shows the age distribution. In all instances a submucous resection of the septum was performed. Other procedures such as reduction of nasal fractures and rhinoplasties were carried out as indicated.

Indications for Surgery  Figure 2 shows the various reasons for which the surgery was done. In many instances the indications were multiple, but for simplicity only the most important reason is tabulated. For

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