This brief paper is presented to record our recent experience in this class of cases and to promote discussion of this topic. Twelve cases form the basis of this report. Eight patients were operated on and the diagnosis established; all of these recovered. Four were not operated on for lung abscess, and, of these, three recovered and one died. None of these cases is included in a previous report of ten cases by one of us (N. W. G.).1
Following the classic and recent work of Dr. Lilienthal2 and Dr. Aschner3 on suppurative infections of the lung, we have employed the following classification: (1) bronchiectasis; (2) bronchie[ill]tatic abscess; (3) suppurative pneumonitis; (4) extrabronchial abscess.
As no resections of tissue were made in this series, we are able to say only that we had to deal with a suppurative cavity, in almost all instances, discharging pus through a
LEWALD LT, GREEN NW. THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS BETWEEN TUBERCULOSIS AND LUNG ABSCESSA CLINICAL AND ROENTGENOLOGIC STUDY OF TWELVE CASES SEEN AT ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL. Arch Surg. 1923;6(1_PART_II):303–313. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110170315009