While much has been written concerning the postoperative roentgenographic appearance of the abdominal viscera, particularly the stomach, there is little in the literature on the roentgen appearance of the chest organs after operations on the thorax. This is probably due to the infrequency of thoracic operations compared to the great number performed on the abdominal organs. It is important that the roentgenographic changes following operation be recognized because roentgenographic study may be the only form of postoperative examination possible. Adequate physical examination is often prevented by the skin incision and bulky dressings, and frequently the patient is too ill to be subjected to thorough auscultatory and percussion procedures.
This study is based on the postoperative roentgen observations of twenty-three patients on whom rib resection was done for pulmonary abscess. The patients ranged in age from 8 to 50 years; sixteen were males and seven females. In thirteen patients the abscess
FARRELL JT. ROENTGENOGRAPHIC APPEARANCE OF THORAX AFTER RIB RESECTION FOR PULMONARY ABSCESS. JAMA. 1931;97(26):1939–1943. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730260005002
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