The use of bronchial aspiration is widely accepted as an adjuvant to the existing methods of treating suppuration of the lung. This means of drainage is especially important when fluid is present in the parenchyma of the lung in communication with the bronchi. The success of bronchial aspiration is attested by the results obtained at the Jackson Clinic, where Clerf reported thirty-eight recoveries in a possible seventy-six cases of pulmonary abscess. This method of treatment is especially valuable in cases of early abscess, before the normal propulsive function of the bronchial cilia has been disturbed, though even in cases of chronic abscess the mechanical aid that aspiration affords does much toward healing the wound. In cases of chronic abscess, it is known that the normal propulsive function of the bronchial cilia has been disturbed so that they are of little aid in clearing the lung of secretions. It
FOX N, HARNED JW. ASPIRATING CATHETER FOR THE TREATMENT OF PULMONARY SUPPURATION. Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;18(6):819–823. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.00630060879009
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