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January 1928

ACUTE PULMONARY SUPPURATIONSELECTIVE ACTION OF ARTIFICIAL PNEUMOTHORAX IN THE TREATMENT OF THIS DISEASE

Arch Surg. 1928;16(1):279-287. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140010283018
Abstract

Of the various methods of treatment advocated in cases of acute nontuberculous intrapulmonary suppuration, the induction of artificial pneumothorax has received scant attention. Many writers do not mention it, and others vary from unqualified recommendation to condemnation of the method.

Küttner,1 for instance, emphatically condemns Forlanini's method of artificial pneumothorax in the treatment of abscess of the lung by saying that he believes the spontaneous cure is favored by coughing and expectorating, and that pneumothorax prevents this and favors the stagnation of pus. As a result, there is great danger of pus flowing over into other bronchi, leading to the formation of fresh foci of bronchopneumonia and multiple abscesses.

In 1924, Lambert and Miller,2 in an analysis of sixty cases of abscess of the lung, stated that their experience with the method of artificial pneumothorax had been limited, as they had used it on only seven patients, none

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