A woman, sent to the Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia, on Dec. 12, 1926, because of difficulty in respiration, had apparently not exhibited sufficient laryngeal symptoms during six months of her illness to prompt her physician to make an examination of the larynx. He was satisfied that her symptoms were those of asthma. She died shortly after admission to the hospital, before consultation with the laryngologic service could be obtained. The cause of death was discovered at autopsy.
The patient gave a history of having suffered from attacks of shortness of breath in the month of May, 1926, and at that time she first consulted a physician. The attack would start with difficulty in breathing, followed by actual dyspnea. The difficulty in respiration became gradually worse and she suffered from frequent attacks of colds with cough and without expectoration. Soon she became confined to her bed.
On Dec. 9, 1926, another
WATSON WR. ABERRANT BRANCHIAL CYST ENCROACHING ON THE GLOTTIS AND CAUSING SUFFOCATION AND DEATH. Arch Otolaryngol. 1928;7(1):57–58. doi:10.1001/archotol.1928.00620010065007