JOSEPH G. FORTNER, M.D.; EMMA S. MOSS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The relatively simple procedure of sternal puncture for marrow aspiration may be the cause of death. A review of the literature reveals four reported cases of death following this procedure.1, 2, 3 It is the purpose of this communication to record two additional cases and to comment upon the symptomatology and the mechanism of death.
Case 1. A 23 year old colored female was admitted to Charity Hospital on June 25, 1948, complaining of a sore throat and tender gums of three months' duration. Hematologic studies of the peripheral blood and bone marrow revealed an acute leukemia. Aminopterin
FORTNER JG, MOSS ES. DEATH FOLLOWING STERNAL PUNCTURE: REPORT OF TWO CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:809–815. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-3-809
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(3):809-815.
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