The role of the surgeon in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis

  • D. V. Kneafsey


The development of surgical procedures used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis is reviewed. In general, surgical intervention developed along three lines: collapse therapy, cavity drainage and extirpation. Until the development of effective chemotherapy, surgery represented the only hope of recovery for many TB sufferers. Nowadays the role of surgical intervention is confined to a small number of welldefined circumstances.

To review and evaluate the role of the surgeon in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis might be to suggest that his was a planned and organised step in the control of this dreadful scourge. This, of course, was not so, and even though certain aspects of treatment fell into place with time, all surgical intervention, whether performed by the physician or surgeon, was, initially, entirely empirical.


Tuberculosis Pneumothorax Pulmonary Tuberculosis Leucite Cavity Drainage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. V. Kneafsey
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  1. 1.Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryMerlin Park HospitalGalway

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