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Some of the foremost specialists in Europe are treating pulmonary tuberculosis by injecting nitrogen into the pleural cavity until sufficient pressure is obtained to drive the lung up into the smallest possible mass. The lung is then held well compressed by the nitrogen until it heals, when the nitrogen is absorbed and the lung reexpands and resumes its functions.
The method has been used in advanced and hopeless cases when nothing else availed, cases that at autopsies show the well-remembered typical picture of such conditions. There are the white, gaping, cross-sections of thickened bronchial and vessel walls held out by the caseous, greenish, blackish infiltrations through which constantly ooze the liquefying contents of an infinitude of disintegrating foci. How is it possible for such a lung to recover? If we could tie off the vessels and remove the whole mass of poisonous materials the patient might live. Whatever surgery may
LAPHAM ME. THE TREATMENT OF PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS BY COMPRESSION OF THE LUNG. JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):866–869. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090110013
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