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September 1952


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(3):339-347. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020359011

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I. Tuberculous Laryngitis: A Disappearing Clinical Entity.Dr. Ralph A. Fenton, Portland, Ore.  Dr. Fenton finds a marked reduction in the incidence of laryngeal involvement in pulmonary tuberculosis, evidenced by a comparison of recently released statistics with those of former years. He reports this incidence as being down to 4% and asserts that tuberculosis of the larynx is rarely seen except in institutions. He attributes the infrequency of the complication to the modern therapeutic measures, both medical and surgical, which have reduced the virulence of the organism and prevented its spread. Control of cough has had much to do with the prevention of secondary laryngological infection.

DISCUSSION  Dr. August L. Beck cautioned against classifying laryngeal tuberculosis as a late complication and cited an instance in his own family in which hoarseness and a hyperemic larynx led to a further examination and discovery of pulmonary tuberculosis.Mr. R. Scott Stevenson (England)

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