R. M. CHERNIACK, M.D.; W. B. EWART, M.D.; J. A. HILDES, M.D.
Alveolar hypoventilation has been demonstrated in patients with residual respiratory paralysis resulting from poliomyelitis.1 Though the development of polycythemia has not been reported in such cases, its occurrence would be expected. This consideration led to a survey of the hematologic status of chronic poliomyelitic patients with residual respiratory paralysis. The findings of this survey (table 1) indicated that none of the hematologic values was definitely above the usually accepted upper limits of normal.2 As a result, polycythemia could not be diagnosed with complete assurance in any of these patients. However, if polycythemia is considered to be an erythrocytosis secondary to
CHERNIACK RM, EWART WB, HILDES JA. POLYCYTHEMIA SECONDARY TO RESPIRATORY DISTURBANCES IN POLIOMYELITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:720–727. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-4-720
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(4):720-727.
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