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
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FORTNER JG, MOSS ES. DEATH FOLLOWING STERNAL PUNCTURE: REPORT OF TWO CASES(DEATH FOLLOWING STERNAL PUNCTURE: REPORT OF TWO CASES*). Ann Intern Med. 1951;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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