JOHN A. SCHINDLER, M.A., M.D.; W. B. GNAGI JR., B.A., M.D.
Postoperative atelectasis or massive pulmonary collapse of sufficient degree to cause aggravating symptoms is not infrequent. In Brunn and Brill's1 series of 456 abdominal operations the incidence of postoperative atelectasis was 4.8 per cent, and in Snyder's2 series of 630 abdominal operations the incidence was 1.6 per cent. Lesser degrees of atelectasis causing so little respiratory and circulatory distress as to escape casual notice occur much more frequently, and can be detected only by postoperative chest roentgenograms.
As a rule postoperative collapse runs a benign non-fatal course and its occurrence usually need arouse but little trepidation. In a small percentage,
SCHINDLER JA, GNAGI WB. POSTOPERATIVE PULMONARY ATELECTASIS; REPORT OF A CASE TREATED BY ARTIFICIAL PNEUMOTHORAX1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:2276–2283. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-12-2276
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(12):2276-2283.
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