Jean-Claude Yernault, MD, PhD
To the editor: Sherry and coworkers (1) reported nine cases of "acute onset bronchospasm" unresponsive to "aggressive bronchodilator therapy" in patients without a history of asthma, chronic bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
According to Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (2), a bronchospasm is a spasmodic contraction of the smooth muscle of the bronchi; this occurs in patients with asthma. Did bronchospasm occur in these patients? Presumably not; aggressive therapy with bronchospasmolytic drugs administered both by the intravenous and by the inhalation route did not result in a consistent improvement in the clinical status of the patients. One of the major
Yernault J. Nomenclature for Pulmonary Findings. Ann Intern Med. ;110:248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-3-248_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(3):248.
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