LOUIS H. CLERF, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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In a discussion of bronchial asthma one should bear in mind that patients sent as cases of asthma for investigation or treatment often present signs or symptoms that do not conform to the textbook description of this condition. In other words, there are many pathologic conditions that simulate asthma and may be regarded clinically as such. It is only by a careful study that the correct diagnosis is made. The rôle of bronchoscopy in bronchial asthma therefore includes the investigation of the tracheobronchial tree to rule out certain conditions that might simulate asthma. In addition bronchoscopy permits the collection of
CLERF LH. THE PRESENT STATUS OF BRONCHOSCOPY IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA1. Ann Intern Med. ;9:1050–1056. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-8-1050
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1936;9(8):1050-1056.
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