Viral lesions of the respiratory tract compared to iatrogenic trauma

JD BLEEKER, E. T. Edens

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    Abstract

    A comparison between the mucosal pathology of the respiratory tract in cases of viral infections and of iatrogenic trauma after bronchoscopy and tantalum bronchography indicates that the respiratory mucosa has a very high degree of resistance against infection after trauma and is capable of rapid regeneration as long as the production of mucus continues and the surface remains moist. Viral infection might primarily inhibit mucus production and open the road to secondary infection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14-22
    Number of pages9
    JournalOrl-Journal for oto-Rhino-Laryngology and its related specialties
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1977

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