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RELIEF OF LOWER TOOTHACHE BY COCAINIZATION OF THE NASAL (SPHENOPALATINE-MECKEL'S) GANGLION

L. E. Toney, M.D.
JAMA. 1923;81(19):1609. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510190001015a.
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Some interesting and surprising clinical phenomena have been reported as the results of cocainization of the nasal ganglion. The relief of toothache in the lower jaw by this means has, however, not been recorded.

Mrs. L. E. T., aged 35, was seized with severe toothache, Dec. 12, 1922, because of exposed pulp of the right lower third molar. The attack came on at 1 a. m. No dentist was easily available.

Sluder has stated that cocainization of the nasal ganglion will stop the pain of surgical wounds of the lower jaw made by the extraction of teeth. He also stated that he had not had the chance to know whether the pain of exposed pulp could be controlled in that way. Remembering this, I thought the experiment worth the trial, and placed an applicator with one drop of saturated aqueous cocain solution on the mucous membrane covering the right sphenopalatine

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