JOHN C. HAM, M.D., F.A.C.P.
There has been little published information emphasizing the clinical significance of primary bronchiolitis as a disease process in the adult. In the past few years I have observed several instances of this condition involving significant diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. Before presenting them, some pertinent historical data from the literature will be reviewed.
Rubin (1) states that as a clinical entity this condition is rare, as the involvement of the bronchioles is usually part of a bronchopneumonia, but there is no doubt that the condition plays a more important clinical role than is generally suspected. He lists various factors in its
HAM JC. Acute Infectious Obstructing Bronchiolitis: A Potentially Fatal Disease in the Adult. Ann Intern Med. ;60:47–60. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-1-47
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(1):47-60.
Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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