HUGO T. ENGELHARDT, M.D.; VINCENT J. DERBES, M.D.
The increase in diagnostic acuity during the past few decades has demonstrated the fact that relatively few cases of spontaneous pneumothorax are due to tuberculosis. On the other hand, factors which cause increased intra-alveolar pressure and thinning of the alveolar wall are almost uniformly present in chronic asthmatic patients. One would then anticipate, a priori, that spontaneous pneumothorax would be a frequent complication in these individuals. An inquiry into the literature on this subject has failed to reveal more than 20 such instances, and, of this number, only two have been verified by autopsy (table 1).
Recently our attention has
ENGELHARDT HT, DERBES VJ. SPONTANEOUS PNEUMOTHORAX AND BRONCHIAL ASTHMA1. Ann Intern Med. ;21:711–717. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-21-4-711
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;21(4):711-717.
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