W. RALPH DEATON JR., M.D.
In 1948 Kershner and Adams4 introduced the term "chronic nonspecific pneumonitis" to describe a definite pulmonary lesion that had several characteristics. Clinically, this lesion provoked a febrile illness with an insidious onset, chronic course, productive cough, pleuritic pain, and occasionally hemoptysis. Pathologically, the involved area, usually limited to a lobe, was heavy and fibrotic. Microscopic examination showed intralobular and interalveolar fibrosis, thickening of the alveolar walls, lymphoid and plasma cell hyperplasia, redundance of the bronchial mucosa, chronic atelectasis, and hemorrhagic and purulent alveolar exudate. Kershner and Adams reported on the surgical treatment of 10 such cases, all of whom had
DEATON WR. SURGICAL THERAPY FOR CHRONIC NONSPECIFIC PNEUMONITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;48:1289–1299. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-6-1289
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(6):1289-1299.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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