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January 1928


Arch Surg. 1928;16(1):366-379. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140010370024

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Suppurative pericarditis is a disease not often recognized during life, which accounts for the relative rarity of the performance of pericardiotomy. Only slightly over 100 operations for the relief of this disease are recorded in the surgical literature. I have added the reports of three cases.


Case 1. 

—History.  —Joseph Giordiano, aged 1 year, of Italian parentage, was admitted to the babies' ward of the New York Post-Graduate Hospital on Nov. 14, 1916. He was breast fed and previous to the present illness had been healthy. For four weeks before admission to the hospital, he had been ill with fever, rapid breathing, cough and an expiratory grunt. After two weeks there was improvement for a few days, followed by a recurrence of the symptoms. The appetite was fair; the infant did not vomit and slept poorly. On admission, he weighed 21¼ pounds (9.6 Kg.); the temperature was 99.2

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