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June 26, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(9):840. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690270036013

Harris and Lewis1 reported in 1940 a fatality due to damage to a large abnormal pulmonary artery in the course of a lobectomy for a pulmonary abscess in a 5-year-old girl. Post mortem revealed that the artery arose from the descending thoracic aorta 2 cm. above the diaphragm and entered the posterior border of the left lower lobe. The diameter of the artery was the same as that of the celiac axis of the patient. Haight2 in 1942 cited two instances of left lower lobe cysts that had a large anomalous pulmonary artery coming through the diaphragm and supplying the lobe containing the cysts. He suggested that these epithelial cysts and the congenital arterial anomaly were probably directly related. Pryce3 reported in 1946 and again in 1947 on eight cases of a congenital abnormality that consisted of a large artery at the base of the lung from

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