WALTER F. STAFFORD JR., M.D.; RAMSDELL GURNEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The difficulty in recognizing the imminence of respiratory failure and other pulmonary complications in poliomyelitis results in a shockingly high mortality rate in this disease. When pharyngeal and respiratory muscles are involved, the mortality figures vary from 50 to 100 per cent.1 If patients can be tided over these often fatal respiratory crises, many will eventually recover sufficient respiratory and other muscle function to carry on a useful life; consequently, it is essential to anticipate and treat these emergencies.
Although unfamiliarity with and fear of respirators may be important contributing factors to the high mortality rate in bulbocervical poliomyelitis, an
STAFFORD WF, GURNEY R. RESPIRATORY FAILURE IN POLIOMYELITIS: A SIMPLE METHOD FOR ITS RECOGNITION AND CONTROL(RESPIRATORY FAILURE IN POLIOMYELITIS: A SIMPLE METHOD FOR ITS RECOGNITION AND CONTROL*). Ann Intern Med. 1951;34:203–211. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-1-203
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