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OBSTRUCTIVE LARYNGITIS

OBSTRUCTIVE LARYNGITIS Obstructive laryngeal dyspnea, a serious symptom complex which often requires emergency relief, develops so frequently from an apparently innocent case of laryngitis, that it remains a constant problem to general practitioners and pediatricians. Although the causes of this condition are numerous, it is our intention to limit this paper to a consideration of cases of infectious origin. The appalling institutional mortality from obstructive laryngitis, often due to delay in the recognition of impending asphyxia and its causes, demands greater diligence for early precise differentiation in that group of conditions commonly designated as "croup." During the past twelve years, 352 patients with alleged laryngeal diphtheria were admitted to the contagious division of the Minneapolis General Hospital. Of this number 103 patients, or 29 per cent, died—a mortality rate which should emphasize the seriousness of this type of disease. Thirty-five of the deaths occurred during or very shortly after admission, in spite http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1934 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960120028004
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Abstract

Obstructive laryngeal dyspnea, a serious symptom complex which often requires emergency relief, develops so frequently from an apparently innocent case of laryngitis, that it remains a constant problem to general practitioners and pediatricians. Although the causes of this condition are numerous, it is our intention to limit this paper to a consideration of cases of infectious origin. The appalling institutional mortality from obstructive laryngitis, often due to delay in the recognition of impending asphyxia and its causes, demands greater diligence for early precise differentiation in that group of conditions commonly designated as "croup." During the past twelve years, 352 patients with alleged laryngeal diphtheria were admitted to the contagious division of the Minneapolis General Hospital. Of this number 103 patients, or 29 per cent, died—a mortality rate which should emphasize the seriousness of this type of disease. Thirty-five of the deaths occurred during or very shortly after admission, in spite

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1934

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