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January 16, 1932


Author Affiliations


From the Philadelphia General Hospital.

JAMA. 1932;98(3):219-221. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320290002008b

Reports of fusospirochetal infection of regions other than the mouth are appearing more frequently of late. Those of the respiratory system predominate. In view of the frequency of Vincent's infection of the mouth, its occurrence in lung pathology is exceedingly uncommon, Haden1 stating that only 107 lung cases of all types had been reported up to 1927. He did not mention empyema as one of these types. We are reporting an interesting case of this rare condition associated with vaginal fusospirochetal infection.

E. R., a Negress, aged 35, entered the medical wards of the Philadelphia General Hospital, service of Dr. Jump, Oct. 14, 1930, complaining of pain in the chest. She stated that a sharp stabbing pain, made worse on deep breathing, had been felt in the left lower axillary and adjacent anterior chest wall one week before. She continued, nevertheless, with her household labors, the pain becoming less