Results of resection for pulmonary tuberculosis
Betts, Reeve H.; Thomas, T. and Gopinath, N. (1956) Results of resection for pulmonary tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 3 (2). pp. 48-55.
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During the period September 1948 to March 1955 pulmonary resection was carried out in 219 instances on 211 patients on the thoracic surgical service of the Christian Medical College Hospital. There was a hospital fatality rate of 6.6% and in addition there have been three known late deaths. All these patients have been followed insofar as possible up to September 1, 1955. Thirty-eight patients could not be followed, while 146 or 69% are known to be living and well with negative sputum. The two serious post-operative complications included 14 instances of empyema and 17 instances of reactivation or extension of the disease. It is believed that as facilities and personnel are available pulmonary resection should be considered more and more a routine treatment for those patients not arresting their disease completely on bed rest and chemotherapy. Thoracoplasty should be reserved for those patients in which, because of the distribution of the disease or other factors, cannot be safely treated by resection.
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