Numerous contributions on the treatment of bronchiectasis have appeared in the literature. However, in spite of the many excellent procedures advocated, the therapy is still far from satisfactory except for the small group of patients who can be treated by surgical measures. Recently Berck1 recorded a small series of cases in which roentgen ray therapy was employed satisfactorily in the treatment of chronic bronchiectasis. Later, he and Harris2 extended their series of cases to 65. They secured lasting benefit for a large percentage of their patients. Prompted by these excellent results, we undertook the treatment of 38 patients with chronic bronchiectasis by roentgen rays and herein report our experiences and results.
Roentgen therapy has been advocated for a great variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions. In many areas of the body, it has proved its worth, but in the lungs the results have been variable. Berck and Harris2a reasoned
CARPENTER RC, KERR HD, MCMURRAY JS. ROENTGEN THERAPY FOR BRONCHIECTASIS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(5):913–919. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040987003
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