A careful review of the literature indicates that the total failure of a lung to develop is exceedingly rare. Only 37 authentic cases have been reported. Twenty-four of the patients were children under 12 years of age. We wish to add to this series a case of our own.
The patients in the recorded cases had the following age distribution: 3 stillborn infants (Gruber1 and Minne and Gernez2); 5 infants under 1 week of age (Maschka,3 Théremin,4 Miller,5 Hanson6 and Findlayson7); 13 infants under 6 months of age (Hein,8 Stein,9 Théremin,4 Miller,5 [2 cases], Gross,10 Gilkey,11 Finner,12 Hepner,13 Knott,14 Dyson,15 Toni16 and Hurwitz and Stephens17), 2 infants under 3 years of age (Yampolsky, Fowler and Stephens18 and Mitchell19); 1 child 8 years of age (Ellis20) and 1 child
KILLINGSWORTH WP, HIBBS WG. AGENESIS OF THE LUNG: REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND REPORT OF A CASE. Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(3):571–580. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990090125010
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