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October 13, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(15):1097-1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700150023008

This paper is based on a series of twenty-four cases of acute laryngotracheobronchitis of such severity as to require the introduction of a tube to prevent asphyxiation. Cases less severe are not included in the series, although many such have been seen. The disease in question usually develops in the course of an acute respiratory tract infection, most frequently during the seasonal epidemics, although two of my cases complicated measles and four were caused by the presence of a foreign body in the lung. The latter are included in the series because the pathologic condition seems to be the same as in the others, regardless of its primary cause. The condition frequently bridges the gap between the beginning of an infection in the upper respiratory tract and its final manifestation in the lungs in the form of bronchopneumonia or, occasionally, lobar pneumonia. The simple tracheobronchitis so frequently a part of

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