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May 4, 1957

SURGICAL RESECTION FOR PULMONARY TUBERCULOSISRESULTS OF STUDY AT AN ARMY THORACIC CENTER

JAMA. 1957;164(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010003001
Abstract

• Experience with the surgical treatment of moderately advanced pulmonary tuberculosis in an Army hospital has been summarized for the years 1953 and 1954, when pulmonary resections were done in 93 and 114 patients respectively. The indication for surgery has almost always been the presence of significant residues of necrotic disease, and the majority of the operations have been segmental resections. The opinion formerly held, that overdistention of the remaining lung was harmful, was not borne out by experience. Consequently the number of primary thoracoplasties with lobectomy fell from 11 to 3, and the number of secondary thoracoplasties from 28 to 9. Complications after surgery have become less frequent, but the postoperative morbidity could be reduced even further. Of the 114 patients in the 1954 group, 111 were contacted in 1956; 110 were found to be well, and 75 were known to be gainfully employed.

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