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June 1924


Author Affiliations

From the department of pediatrics, University of Minnesota.

Am J Dis Child. 1924;27(6):586-593. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.01920120048007

Tuberculous pulmonary cavities in infancy would seem at first glance to be a very rare condition. A review of the available literature demonstrated, as it so often has done in the past, that this occurrence, while indeed uncommon, is not at all rare. The French literature, especially, supplies numerous instances of cavity formation following tuberculous infection. Our own literature is surprisingly meager on this subject. The purpose of this paper is the presentation in detail of a case showing several unusual and interesting features. A review of available case reports is submitted.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  In 1888, Leroux,1 in a study of 219 infants from birth to 2 years of age, was able to demonstrate cavities in fifty-seven cases. Twelve cases were under 6 months of age and five cases were under 3 months.In 1897, Babeau2 reported a case of cavity formation in an infant 10 months

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