IN FORMER years it has chiefly been surgeons who have spoken of thrombotic complications. In the medical services thrombosis and thrombophlebitis have more often been considered as independent illnesses and have as a rule been treated by strict confinement of the patient to bed for a long period.
Recently, however, observations have led to the conclusion that thrombosis can occur as a complication of a number of internal diseases in cases other than those in which old age and long confinement to bed have predisposed to its occurrence. It may develop in cases of pneumonia and bronchopneumonia, cardiac disease and anemia.
The danger of the occurrence of thrombosis in pneumonia is illustrated by the following case.
In a man 55 years of age pneumonia developed five days before he was admitted to the hospital. He was given sulfadiazine therapy, but his temperature remained at about 100.4 F. (chart 1