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August 1953

CHRONIC LUNG ABSCESSFifteen Years of Change

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, State University of Iowa College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(2):259-265. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040264013
Abstract

DURING the 15-year period covered by this presentation there has occurred a progressive change in the surgical therapy of chronic lung abscess. Resectional therapy was sporadically used in the early years of this study. Its use has increased during this period, until at present excisional surgery constitutes the treatment of choice in the majority of cases. This change has paralleled the interest in and the development of thoracic surgery, assisted by remarkable strides in anesthesia, blood replacement, and antibiotic therapy. This analysis substantiates the trend and supports the acceptance of resection treatment as a rapid means of cure accompanied by a low morbidity and mortality rate. A striking reduction in the length of hospitalization is evident.

This Study is not concerned with the surgical therapy of acute lung abscess, which has also undergone change since the extensive work of Neuhof.1

In the 15-year interval between 1937 and 1952, there

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