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Many a successful artificial pneumothorax has come to grief with the development of an empyema. This phrase is not simply a form with which to impress and remind the student of one of the common complications of artificial pneumothorax but, sad to say, a truism. Many methods of combating this complication have been developed and described, none of them always successful. Lavage of the pleura is one of these methods and when well carried out is effective in a fair percentage of cases. The technic is simple. Pierre Weiller, who with F. L. de Muralt has had a long experience with collapse treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis, describes in detail his methods of pleural lavage. In this monograph the indications for treatment and technic and the possible incidents during the treatment are well outlined. The average American physician will be able to find most of the important points regarding lavage theory
Les lavages de plèvre: Leur emploi dans le traitement des épanchements pleuraux tuberculeux. JAMA. 1935;104(10):858. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760100068032