Case report| Volume 32, ISSUE 1, P105-107, April 1936

Fatalities in phrenic nerve surgery

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      After we had completed the reported series of phrenic nerve operations we were impressed with the exceptionally brilliant results that often followed the procedure in effecting cures in many protracted cases of pulmonary tuberculosis, in some cases thoracoplasty has been made unnecessary and in others extensive thoracoplasty has been definitely limited to the upper stages. In our experience there was ample data to prove the value of this operation in pulmonary tuberculosis.
      The most instructive aspect of this study from a comparative point of view was the small number of non-tuberculous patients that were definitely helped by this operation. In our opinion we feel that unless a very critical attitude is assumed concerning the marked limitation of the operation in this later group, serious complications can readily develop
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