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June 1959

The Postoperative and Postreduction Occlusal Film: Value with Particular Reference to the Submucous Resection and Nasal Plastic Operation (Septorhinoplasty)

Author Affiliations

Associate Clinical Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center Post-Graduate Medical School; Associate Attending Otorhinolaryngologist University and Bellevue Hospitals, New York; Atending Otorhinolaryngologist, Maimonides Hospital of Brooklyn.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(6):695-699. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030709005

Caparosa and Zavatsky1 in discussing the occlusal film confined themselves largely to its value in the diagnosis of nasal fractures. They pointed out that out of 72 adult cases in which a clinical diagnosis of nasal fracture was made all were demonstrable on x-rays which included the occlusal view. It became apparent to me that this more accurate type of roentgenogram would also be useful in evaluating results obtained in rhinoplasty and following the reduction of fractures. The increasing frequency with which the submucous resection and nasal plastic operation is done and the increasing incidence of nasal fracture in these days of high-speed travel underlined the need for better pre- and postoperative x-ray follow-up. The combined nasal plastic and septum operation was described previously,2,3 and in the more recent article3 pre- and postoperative x-ray studies were suggested and discussed. It was pointed out that in septorhinoplasty, since

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