June 1958

A Fifteen-Year Study of Anesthesia for 2186 Cases of Pulmonary Resection

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis.
From the Department of Anesthesiology (Drs. Bamforth and DeKornfeld) and the Department of Surgery (Dr. Gale), University of Wisconsin Medical School. Present address of Dr. DeKornfeld is Department of Anesthesiology, Baltimore City Hospital, Baltimore.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(6):919-925. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280240077013

The first paper in this series presented our experiences with 6301 cases of anesthesia for all types of thoracic surgery. This paper will present in greater detail observations on the 2186 patients undergoing pulmonary resection. In selecting these patients from the total number of cases, we wished to choose a group which was comparable on the basis of the operation performed, and in which we could compare some of the factors influencing postoperative morbidity. The group includes patients having segmental resections, lobectomy, and pneumonectomy, but not those for whom such a procedure had been proposed but found not possible at the time of operation. A third paper will discuss the incidence of death in this same selected group of patients.

The distribution of pulmonary resections during the 15 years of this study is presented in Table 1. More than half of these operations were performed during the last five

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