H. EUGENE SEANOR, M.D.; GUSTAV J. BECK, M.D.; ALLAN AINLEY, M.D.
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The purpose of this report is to describe the clinical course of a patient with spinal poliomyelitis who developed pneumonitis and pulmonary atelectasis secondary to the aspiration of gastric contents. The physiologic and therapeutic effects achieved by the use of the Exsufflator in this condition will be presented.
The incidence of atelectasis and aspiration pneumonitis in bulbospinal poliomyelitis patients has been estimated at about 25 per cent, and in 80 per cent or more of these patients death is due to these pulmonary complications.1, 2 The urgency of improving impaired ventilatory function by removal of obstructing mucous plugs from the
SEANOR HE, BECK GJ, AINLEY A. ASPIRATION PNEUMONITIS COMPLICATING POLIOMYELITIS: A CASE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED BY EXSUFFLATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;39:140–146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-1-140
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(1):140-146.
CNS Infections, Infectious Disease, Neurology.
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