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November 15, 1941


Author Affiliations

From the New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, and the Corey Hill Hospital, Brookline, Mass.

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1681-1687. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460019004

The number of patients who arrest pulmonary tuberculosis to rejoin their families and live reasonably normal lives is steadily increasing. A large proportion who started treatment when the disease was already in an advanced stage have been salvaged through the aid of pulmonary collapse, effected by a reconstruction of the thoracic wall. This means that there is a significant and growing thoracoplasty population who will require close medical surveillance for the rest of their lives. Since this fragment of the population is not immune to other diseases, any doctor may be called on for advice. It is therefore desirable that all members of the profession be familiar with the changes in the thorax which are brought about by thoracoplasty. Roentgenologists are particularly concerned with the problems of these patients.

Great reliance is placed on fluoroscopy and serial roentgenograms in following the progress of the arrested disease. It is essential that