LEW A. HOCHBERG, M.D.
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In reviewing the literature on subphrenic abscess, one is confronted by a host of terms used more or less synonymously with subphrenic abscess. The more frequently encountered names are perigastric abscess (Barlow), suprahepatic abscess (Bernheim), supracolic abscess (Mitchell), false pneumothorax (Cossy), pneumoperforative peritonitis (Sanger), hepatoperitoneal abscess (Ferol), pyopneumothorax subphrenicus (Leyden), subphrenic empyema, hypophrenic empyema, subphrenic pyopneumo-peritonitis, subphrenic peritonitis, subdiaphragmatic peritonitis and subdiaphragmatic abscess.
Delario1 states that the first case of subphrenic abscess described in the literature was reported in 1824. This was based on the necropsy observations of a case of apparently long duration. Some 20 years later Barlow2 reported
HOCHBERG LA. DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR SUBPHRENIC ABSCESS BASED UPON A STUDY OF 139 CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;17:183–205. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-2-183
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(2):183-205.
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