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December 12, 1942

BRONCHOSCOPY IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BRONCHIECTASIS IN CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

TORONTO

From the Department of Otolaryngology and from the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the Hospital for Sick Children.

JAMA. 1942;120(15):1181-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830500011003
Abstract

Bronchography for the purpose of demonstrating the location and severity of bronchiectatic lesions was first used at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, in December 1927. Difficulties were encountered, but these were overcome cautiously and gradually. The accepted procedure as now provided weekly by the ear, nose and throat service is submitted as a contribution in the refinements of the treatment of bronchiectasis in children.

It is our practice to put iodized oil into the lungs by means of the bronchoscope under general anesthesia. This has been of great value in diagnosis, and the recognition of this has had important results. The diagnosis in great numbers of suspected cases has been determined and thus clinical diagnosis has been improved. Bronchiectasis now is frequently diagnosed, and the number of cases that are labeled either chronic bronchitis or unresolved bronchopneumonia has become proportionately less.

In the last thirteen years 433 cases have

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