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January 1953

BRONCHIECTASIS: A Bronchographic Study of Sixty Cases of Pneumonia

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(1):78-96. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240130086009

BRONCHIECTASIS has been the subject of a vast literature. Nevertheless, despite the extensive investigation and bibliography, several aspects of the condition remain unsettled. Among these is the role of atelectasis in the pathogenesis of bronchiectasis. Another problem is the evolution of chronic, fixed bronchiectasis. Uncertainty as to the latter exists, perhaps, because most clinical investigations have been conducted on patients with established bronchiectasis. The evolution of their lesions could be inferred only retrospectively by history taking, pathological studies of surgical and autopsy specimens, and similar methods. Few reports were found concerning the development of the process from its inception. It was therefore decided to study the bronchi in consecutive cases of acute pneumonitis in young adult patients who had no history of previous pulmonary disease. From this investigation it was hoped that information might be obtained concerning (1) the occurrence of bronchial abnormalities, (2) their nature, (3) the course of

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