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January 1, 1929

ABSCESS OF THE LUNG FOLLOWING FRACTURE OF THE RIBS

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ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Arch Surg. 1929;18(1_PART_II):526-532. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.04420020348023
Abstract

Abscess of the lung as a complication of fracture of the ribs is observed so seldom in medical and surgical practice that it seems proper to bring the report of such cases to the attention of this society. Careful search of the literature reveals the reports of only three cases. One of these was reported in 1896 by G. Jameson Johnston 1 of Richmond Hospital. In this case, the abscess followed fracture of the first rib. In another case, reported by Morton2 for C. F. Pickering of Bristol, a man, aged 60, fell on his right side, injuring his right wrist. Chest symptoms did not develop for a week, then abscesses at the root of the neck and at the right sternoclavicular articulation occurred. The latter opened. Aspiration was performed on the chest, 26 ounces of pus being removed on one occasion and 20 ounces on another. The first

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