Research Article| Volume 89, ISSUE 3, P663-672, March 1955

Surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis

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      The introduction of antimicrobial drugs has created radical changes in the surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. Resection is now used more frequently than any other procedure. However, our statistics indicate that the prognosis depends more on the control of the open lesion than upon the type of surgery used. This is demonstrated by the fact that between 93 and 96 per cent of the living patients treated by the various surgical procedures are clinically well. In our experience the lesion adequately controlled by collapse has an equally good prognosis as those resected. The key to successful surgical treatment of tuberculosis is the selection of the simplest and safest procedure which will permanently control the disease.
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