BERNARD LOURIE, M.D.; BERT MCKINNON, M.D.; LARRY KIBLER, M.D.
LOURIE B, MCKINNON B, KIBLER L. Transtracheal Aspiration and Anaerobic Abscess. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:417-418. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-417_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):417-418.
To the editor: We wish to report the occurrence of an anaerobic abscess of the neck as a complication of transtracheal aspiration; the use of transtracheal aspiration for the diagnosis of anaerobic pulmonary infections has been recently reemphasized (1).
A 44-year-old alcoholic man, was admitted to the Charleston Veterans Administration Hospital with a 1-week history of worsening dyspnea, pleuritic chest pain, and cough productive of copius, foul-smelling sputum. Chest X ray showed bilateral lower lobe infiltrates and a 2 X 5 cm abscess in the left upper lobe. Routine sputum cultures were collected. With a 14-gauge intracatheter through the cricothyroid
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