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December 11, 1909

PNEUMECTOMY WITH THE AID OF DIFFERENTIAL AIR PRESSURE: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDYTHE NEW TYPE OF APPARATUS USED

JAMA. 1909;LIII(24):1978-1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550240001001g
Abstract

I. EXPERIMENTAL WORK IN EXCISING LOBES OF THE LUNG  Next to suturing stab and shot wounds of the lungs and extracting from the bronchi foreign bodies that have been located by the x-rays but cannot be removed by means of the bronchoscope, excision of a portion of the lung and amputation of one or more of its lobes (pneumectomy), have been rendered possible by the use of differential air pressure.Resection of a lobe seems indicated when the greater part of it has become diseased, but its main bronchus cannot be properly reached and isolated. In the human being this condition is frequently encountered.Extirpation of one or more pulmonary lobes, other more conservative methods having failed, will perhaps become the operation of choice in cases of serious destruction of the lung tissue by chronic inflammatory processes, and, of course, in the presence of new growths.The success of the

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