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December 1960

Peripheral and Cranial Nerve Injuries Resulting from General Surgical Procedures

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurology, University of Colorado Medical Center.

Arch Surg. 1960;81(6):855-859. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300060001001

In recent years a number of nerve injuries resulting from operative procedures have been seen which in many instances were due to causes other than traction and pressure. On occasion, the operation was quite a minor one, yet a major neurological defect was produced. From this group, 8 cases have been selected for discussion which are felt to be of interest because of the nerve involved, the manner of presentation, or because of the severe disability produced. Such occurrences have not been emphasized in the literature, and it is hoped that by so doing their frequency will diminish.

Report of Cases 

Case 1. 

Hypoglossal and Sympathetic Nerves.  —In April, 1958, a 9-year-old white boy was operated on for what was thought to be a left retropharyngeal abscess. Incision into the area failed to produce pus, and extensive bleeding immediately ensued. The area was packed, and 3 days later the