Title: Schlosser, William H.

Source text: Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes, United States Army, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861–65.), Part 1, Volume 2 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870), 417-418.

Keywords:wounds and injuries of the neckoperations on the neckoperations on the air-passagesbronchotomy for diseaselaryngotomy for non-traumatic causesglottis and epiglottis closed by œdemapneumonic consolidation

Civil War Washington ID: med.d1e18530

TEI/XML: med.d1e18530.xml

CASE.—Private William H. Schlosser, Co. F, 140th Indiana Volunteers, aged 43 years, was admitted to Douglas Hospital, Washington, February 3d, 1865, with slight bronchitis, which improved up to February 12th, when he was attacked with sore throat and inflammation of the glands of the neck. The symptoms were not severe until the 17th, when great dyspnœa suddenly set in. The œdematous epiglottis, which was seen and felt, was immediately scarified, with some relief, which, however, was only temporary, and in the afternoon the operation of laryngotomy was decided upon, which was performed by Assistant Surgeon William F. Norris, U. S. A. The patient died at the close of the operation from apnœa. At the necropsy the chink of the glottis was found almost closed by œdema of the tissues surrounding it. The epiglottis was also œdematous. The bronchial tubes were much injected down to their minute subdivisions. There was a small patch of pneumonic consolidation in the lower part of the left lung. The other organs were healthy.