In the two cases of abscess of the lung under consideration, the patients had entered the New England Hospital for Women and Children previously for tonsillectomy which was performed on the laryngologic service.
The first case occurred at about the time Richardson1 wrote his early observations on abscess of the lung in 1912. Since that time the number of cases reported has reached more than 400. In 1922, Moore2 collected 202 unreported cases, obtaining his information from a questionnaire sent to 1,020 specialists in diseases of the nose and throat throughout the country.
For some time it was thought that abscess of the lung occurred only in patients operated on under general anesthesia, but a certain percentage of cases has been found to have occurred under local anesthesia; this was shown in the report of Ochsner3 in the use of his "passive" technic. In fact, any
KLEINERT MN. OBSERVATIONS ON THE OCCURRENCE OF LUNG ABSCESS FOLLOWING OPERATIONS ON THE TONSILS: REPORT OF TWO CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(4):423–425. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620070097007
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