The recognition of acute laryngotracheobronchitis as a clinical entity is a step in the direction of saving many young patients whose condition would otherwise be considered hopeless. The terrifying urgency of the inspiratory and expiratory difficulty experienced by an infant suffering with acute laryngotracheobronchitis calls for active intervention.
When a physician is called to treat a croupy infant with a negative Schick reaction, with no abnormal signs in the chest and with little or no elevation of temperature, adequate therapeutic measures consist of the administration of nasal drops and a mild expectorant and inhalations of compound tincture of benzoin steam. Should the throat appear red and congested, sulfanilamide may be employed even before the result of culture of material from the throat is reported. But if there seems to be increasing laryngeal obstruction and the therapeutic measures in no way arrest the progress of the obstruction, the physician must of
KAYSER R. ACUTE LARYNGOTRACHEOBRONCHITIS: REPORT OF A CASE AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(5):795–823. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660030805012
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