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January 1923

OBSERVATIONS ON LUNG SUPPURATION AND ITS TREATMENTA BRIEF REVIEW OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND CLINICAL IMPRESSIONS OBTAINED WITHIN THE LAST TWELVE YEARS

Author Affiliations

Attending Surgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital NEW YORK

Arch Surg. 1923;6(1_PART_II):361-425. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110170375015
Abstract

The principal topics dealt with in this paper are:

  • The nomenclature of lung suppuration.

  • The results obtained with the help of the bronchoscope in the treatment of lung suppuration.

  • The establishment of a lung lip-fistula in certain cases of bronchiectatic lung abscess.

ETIOLOGY  The etiology of suppurative inflammation of the lung is similar to that of pus formation in other parts of the body. That is to say, it is due to traumatism inclusive of the entrance of a foreign body; to the invasion of the pulmonary tissue by pus-forming microbes, the products of which are not absorbed, but form an abscess; to a specific inflammation of the chronic type (tuberculosis, syphilis), or, lastly, to the presence of, or the breaking down of, a benign or malignant tumor.Fulminant, acute inflammation, subsequent to the sudden occlusion of a large branch of the pulmonary artery by a virulently

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