April 1970

Regional Obstructive Lung Disease in Children

Author Affiliations

Tacoma, Wash
From the Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Browder) and Chest Disease Section (Dr. Billingsley), Madigan General Hospital, Tacoma, Wash. Dr. Browder is now at the Department of Pediatrics (Mental Development Center), University of New

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(4):322-325. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050324007

A case is presented which typifies the mild course of regional obstructive lung disease in the older child as contrasted with lobar emphysema of infancy with which it has been grouped. Regional obstructive lung disease as seen in children and adolescents presents a distinctly different symptom complex. The previously reported cases have been reviewed to emphasize the differences between and similarities to the well-recognized condition in the infant. Because of multiple areas of involvement, the term regional obstructive lung disease seems appropriate. The course in this age group appears to justify a more cautious approach to management.