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August 1940


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Bronchoscopy, the George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(2):321-330. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020324008

The clinical picture of acute laryngotracheobronchitis is so well known that I shall not discuss it. Excellent descriptions of the pathologic condition have been given by Richards1 and others. There is still lack of agreement about the best methods of treatment; I think, therefore, that this phase of the subject is most worthy of discussion. A disease which has an average mortality of 50 per cent certainly deserves continued thought and study. During the past ten years my associates and I have treated 17 patients with this condition. Some of the data concerning these patients are given in tables 1 and 2.

There were 2 deaths in our series of 17 patients. The first occurred in 1931. A review of the record of this patient indicates that death was due to bronchial obstruction which was not diagnosed and relieved by bronchoscopic aspiration. The second death was the only one which

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