Research Article| Volume 13, ISSUE 10, P943-949, July 1928

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Allergic bronchitis

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        1. A certain type of bronchitis is described occurring in hypersensitive individuals which differs from the common infectious bronchitis. It is characterized by its sudden onset, by dry unproductive cough and by response to epinephrin and ephedrin. It is elicited by substances which are known to cause asthmatic attacks. This cough sometimes inaugurates asthmatic attacks and occasionally occurs before the subsidence of asthma and hay fever. In several individuals with inherited hypersensitiveness it was found as the only sign of their allergic constitution.
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        2. Aside from the occurrence of allergic bronchitis a great many asthmatics suffer from a bronchitis which clinically is distinct from true allergic bronchitis. This condition presents the features of the common cold and is termed “intercurrent bronchitis of the asthmatic.”
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        3. A third type of bronchitis, the postasthmatic bronchitis, is described. It follows asthma of long duration and is often associated with permanent changes in the lungs due to allergic asthma.
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        4. In order to avoid ambiguity, to further better knowledge concerning etiology and for the sake of a rational therapeusis, the term asthmatic bronchitis should be restricted to the hypersensitive individual. Para-asthmatic bronchitis is suggested for the nonsensitive asthma-like cough.
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