Monday, December 12, 2011

Old Timer

Challenge: Why does this patient have what looks like ping pong balls in his lungs? By the way, he got this treatment in the 1940s.

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jbwpac said...

Older Methods of Treating TB
Plombage Therapy
“Ping-Pong Ball Plombage

Craig Chen said...

yes!! pretty crazy, the things they used to do...
Old Timer

This is plombage, done for tuberculosis prior to antibiotic treatment. This refers to placement of an inert object, here - lucite balls - against the lung to collapse the underlying cavity.