Thoracoplasty in pulmonary tuberculosis:an evaluation based on 500 cases
Patel, C.V. and Anand, A.L. (1959) Thoracoplasty in pulmonary tuberculosis:an evaluation based on 500 cases. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 7 (1). pp. 9-14.
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A follow-up for a period ranging from 1 to 8 years of 500 patients, who had undergone thoracoplasty have shown that 77.4% of these cases remained arrested and inactive. The patients were rehabilitated to full normal activity of life. The results would have been more impressive, if the choice of the patients would have been less liberal. It is comparatively seldom that a patient with a well performed thoracoplasty shows evidence of relapse. In under-developed countries where facilities are lacking, thoracoplasty is a reliable and worthy substitute for excision.
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