BARNETT A. GREENE, M.D.; S. BERKOWITZ, M.D.
Bronchitis is a recognized hazard in anesthesia and surgery because coughing and tracheobronchial hyperirritability and hypersecretion predispose the patient to the following complications: (a) spasm of larynx, bronchi and respiratory muscles; (b) respiratory obstruction by bronchorrhea; (c) atelectasis, pneumonia, and (d) wound dehiscence, incisional hernia, recurrence of hernia. These are sequelae of bronchitis regardless of its etiologic origin. Yet when smoking is the cause of bronchitis its harmful potentialities are generally not respected. This report is an effort to arouse prophylactic interest in the smoking habits of surgical patients by supplying reliable clinical data on "tobacco" bronchitis, especially with regard
GREENE BA, BERKOWITZ S. TOBACCO BRONCHITIS: AN ANESTHESIOLOGIC STUDY1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:729–742. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-729
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):729-742.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Smoking.
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