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Necrotizing Pneumonia and Pulmonary Gangrene

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Descriptions of necrotizing pneumonia date back to the early 19th century when Laennec reported autopsy findings of patients who died from necrotizing pneumonia and its natural consequence, pulmonary gangrene. Later, in his 1897 publication The Principles and Practice of Medicine, Osier wrote of this sickening condition as that in which the lung is “converted into a horribly offensive greenish, black mass, torn and ragged in the center”. While descriptions of necrotizing pneumonia and pulmonary gangrene remained uncommon, in the WW II era dramatic reports followed of patients who, at operation, coughed and expelled necrotic, gangrenous lung through their surgical wounds. Today, despite the enhanced diagnostic sensitivity provided by new imaging and thoracoscopic technologies, necrotizing pneumonia and pulmonary gangrene remain unusual illnesses.

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  • Anaerobic Bacterium
  • Bacterial Pneumonia
  • Invasive Fungal Disease
  • Elastin Fiber
  • Anaerobic Infection

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Harrington, R. (2002). Necrotizing Pneumonia and Pulmonary Gangrene. In: Karmy-Jones, R., Nathens, A., Stern, E.J. (eds) Thoracic Trauma and Critical Care. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1127-4_53

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