ROBERT L. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
Pulmonary atelectasis in post-traumatic paralyzed patients, more frequently quadriplegics than paraplegics, occurs not uncommonly during an upper respiratory infection. However, a discussion of this topic was not found in a review of the available medical literature.
Atelectasis which occurs in postoperative cases and in poliomyelitis has been rather frequently described. Morrow and Stimson2 described four cases of atelectasis in poliomyelitis and many similar instances have been observed. Jacobson et al.,1 in a recent paper on pulmonary complications in acute bulbar poliomyelitis, observe that atelectasis is the most frequent and most fatal complication.
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FRIEDMAN RL. ATELECTASIS IN UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS IN POST-TRAUMATIC PARALYZED PATIENTS1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:924–931. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-5-924
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