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June 12, 1915

ARTIFICIAL PNEUMOTHORAX: WITH REPORT OF FIFTEEN CASES

Author Affiliations

Medical Director, Stony Wold Sanatorium LAKE KUSHAQUA, N. Y.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):1973-1976. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500021008

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Abstract

During the past two years we have attempted the lung compression treatment in thirty selected cases, most of which were far advanced, and in which the disease was steadily progressing. In fifteen of these we were unsuccessful on account of dense pleural adhesions; in fifteen we were more or less successful, according to the degree of lung collapse.

While it would be impossible to make any hard and fast rule in every case, in general the indications and contraindications may be summed up as follows:

INDICATIONS  The ideal case is one in which the disease is limited to the upper portion of one lung, an acute progressive condition, generally with signs of softening, but which has not responded to the usual therapeutic measures.The treatment is indicated in cases with marked involvement of one lung, with a moderate infiltration of the opposite lung, preferably the apex; râles may or may

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