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Spontaneous pneumothorax is encountered by internists with such frequency that scarcely any interest is elicited; this is particularly true of those working among tuberculous patients exclusively. It is estimated that in from 2 to 4 per cent of all cases of tuberculosis there is a spontaneous collapse at some time. If we incude the small partial pneumothoraces, which improved diagnostic acumen and particularly the more accurate roentgen-ray technic and interpretation have revealed, the percentage would probably be greater than that already mentioned. Within the last three weeks, we have encountered three cases, all of which resulted from pulmonary tuberculosis; in one, the condition was in the minimal stage, while in the other two, it was chronic and far advanced.
An effort will not be made to discuss the pathogenesis, prognosis or treatment of these patients, as these subjects are covered in the many excellent case reports found in the medical
WATSON EE, ROBERTSON C. RECURRENT SPONTANEOUS PNEUMOTHORAX: REPORT OF THREE CASES. Arch Surg. 1928;16(1):431–438. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1928.01140010435029
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