In a preliminary report one of us1 reported the effectual use of roentgen therapy for bronchiectasis in a case of chronic bronchiectasis. Here we report our successful experience in thirty cases of chronic bronchiectasis in which roentgen therapy was employed.
ROENTGEN THERAPY IN BRONCHIECTASIS
Roentgen therapy has been employed for a great and protean variety of pulmonary inflammatory diseases. The literature is voluminous on the subjects of roentgen therapy for pulmonary tuberculosis, "postoperative pneumonia," "unresolved pneumonia," "chronic pulmonary suppuration," pertussis, asthma and chronic bronchitis.2 Under the obscure headings of "chronic pulmonary suppuration" and "unresolved pneumonia," there were perhaps many cases of unidentified bronchiectasis. Roentgen therapy has been employed in small dosage by several authors for "unresolved pneumonia" and "chronic pulmonary suppuration" with varying and, for the most part, indifferent results. In all probability, many cases of unidentified bronchiectasis were previously included under those obscure headings. Experience many years
BERCK M, HARRIS W. ROENTGEN THERAPY FOR BRONCHIECTASIS. JAMA. 1937;108(7):517-522. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070001001