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December 1952

HERNIA OF THE LUNG: METHOD OF REPAIR WITH TANTALUM MESH

Author Affiliations

VINELAND, N. J.; BALTIMORE
From the Department of Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital, Perry Point, Md.; Dr. Baxter was formerly Resident Surgeon at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Perry Point, Md.; Dr. Shackelford is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;65(6):856-861. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260020850009
Abstract

THE PURPOSE of this paper is to record a successful and satisfactory method of repairing a hernia of the lung.

Hernia of the lung occurs infrequently and not all of those that do occur cause symptoms that require treatment.

Some hernias of the lung, however, are symptomatic, being accompanied by local pain, paroxysmal coughing, hemoptysis, or any combination of the three. In rare instances a lung hernia may become strangulated. A few increase progressively in size until they are large enough to be a nuisance to the patient as well as to cause rejection for employment.

Surgical treatment is indicated for those lung hernias that are symptomatic, strangulated, or progressively increasing in size. As is the case with hernias in other sites, surgery may be elected for those that are asymptomatic as well.

The various surgical procedures used in treating lung hernias date from 1898, when Vogler1 proposed shifting periosteum or

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