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It wouldseem that old scars in the neck due to tuberculous adenitis would be found with reasonable frequency in a large series of patients who are suffering from clinical tuberculosis. By this is meant scars from suppurating tuberculous cervical glands, or scars following operations on these glands. The removal of such glands is a common operation in surgical clinics; and in general and dispensary medical practice, patients with suppurating glands of the neck present themselves quite often for treatment. What becomes of these patients? Do they ultimately die from tuberculosis? There is a widespread belief that many do, for it has been almost a clinical axiom that scrofulosis predisposes to tuberculosis. The sure way to ascertain this would be to trace these patients through life, which is obviously impracticable. One may approach this from the other way and find how many tuberculous patients who for the most part have unfavorable
WANG SL. OCCURRENCE IN CLINICAL TUBERCULOSIS OF SCARS FROM TUBERCULOUS CERVICAL ADENITIS. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(26):1963-1964. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060371006