BARNET P. STIVELMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JULIUS KAVEE, B.S. M.D.
Acute putrid lung abscess is one of the most serious of intrathoracic diseases. On the one hand it may lead to an early fatal termination because of toxemia, hemoptysis, embolic phenomena, spill over to the contralateral lung and rupture into the pleura. On the other hand, if an early fatal issue does not ensue, the acute becomes a chronic lung abscess which rarely resolves and requires extensive and difficult surgical intervention and, at best, a prolonged and costly convalescence if recovery or improvement is to be hoped for.
Spontaneous recovery from acute putrid lung abscess occurs in but a small
STIVELMAN BP, KAVEE J. THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE PUTRID LUNG ABSCESS WITH PENICILLIN AND SULFADIAZINE1. Ann Intern Med. ;30:343–363. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-2-343
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;30(2):343-363.
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