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August 1930

ACUTE OBSTRUCTIVE LARYNGITISCLINICAL AND BACTERIOLOGIC STUDY IN SIXTY-SIX CASES

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(2):298-304. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940020074006
Abstract

The purpose in this paper is to present certain clinical and bacteriologic data concerning a group of children suffering from acute obstructive laryngitis. The material consists of the records of the sixty-six children admitted to the Contagious Service of the Strong Memorial Hospital during the past three years (1926 to 1929) in whom laryngeal obstruction of infectious origin occurred.

While Bacillus diphtheriae is the most common cause of this condition, there is no doubt that many cases are diagnosed as laryngeal diphtheria which are actually due to some other organism. The literature concerning nondiphtheritic laryngitis is concerned chiefly with case reports, in many instances of which the bacteriologic data are not complete. The hemolytic streptococcus is frequently cited as the causative organism. Cases due to bacilli of the Friedlander group, to hemolytic staphylococci, to nonhemolytic streptococci and to various organisms have been reported. Baum1 has given to the nondiphtheritic

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