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August 16, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(7):545-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720070083024

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Pneumothorax and Spleen Extract in Tuberculosis  The Palermo branch of the Società per gli studi scientifici sulla tuberculosi met recently under the chairmanship of Prof. Luigi Manfredi. Prof. Vincenzo Fici presented a communication on spontaneous pneumothorax resulting as the outcome of primary interventions for the institution of therapeutic pneumothorax. The speaker brought out, after an examination of the existing literature on the subject, that the influence of operative technic in the institution of therapeutic pneumothorax has heretofore been but slightly considered. He has a list of 12 personal cases derived from 300 cases of pneumothorax that he instituted. With relation to the symptomatology, the cases may be divided into two groups—those of slight and those of moderate severity. As for the pathogenesis, Professor Fici is inclined to suspect a slight trauma produced by the needle on a part of the lung in a state of emphysematous rigidity, or lacerations of

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