Fatal lung abscesses: Review of 11 years' experience

Philip Harber, Peter B. Terry

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A review of the outcome of 440 patients hospitalized between 1967 and 1977 because of lung abscess showed that 41 died (case fatality rate = 9.3%). Major predisposing factors were present in many of the fatal and nonfatal cases. Advanced age and concomitant diseases were associated with a higher risk of death. Aspiration of contents of large cavities may have played a major role in the death of seven patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-287
Number of pages7
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1981
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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