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August 1958

Lateral Sinus Thrombosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinology, Temple University Medical Center (David Myers, M.D., Professor and Head of the Department).

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(2):156-159. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020162005

In the past several months we have encountered three cases of thrombosis of the lateral sinus at the Temple University Medical Center. This complication of chronic otitis media is not too frequently seen in today's practices; however, otologists from all over the country are reporting interesting "atypical" cases. The older otologic surgeons remember vividly the serious problem it posed, but, since acute mastoiditis is no longer a common condition, the present-day otologist has seen few of its grave sequelae that are described in textbooks and in older journals. It is for this reason we thought it well to record our experiences.

A partial survey of the literature since 1916 was undertaken to acquaint us with both past and present experience in dealing with lateral sinus thrombosis. Beginning at the turn of the century, the number of papers discussing it increased slowly until about 1938, when, in that year alone, there

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