MICHAEL MARIE O'BRIEN, M.D.; MATTHEW J. FERGUSON, M.D.
Death in uncomplicated bronchial asthma is a shocking experience. Recently such a death at this hospital provoked an inquiry into the cause of such fatalities and their possible prevention.
A study of the autopsy files from 1933 to 1960 produced records of three asthmatic deaths, which occurred in 1948, 1955, and 1959. These three patients died quite unexpectedly during acute attacks of extrinsic asthma. Other deaths attributed to bronchial asthma were not included in this study because of the presence of concurrent disease processes, such as cardiac or infectious pulmonary involvement, or because such deaths occurred in the older age
O'BRIEN MM, FERGUSON MJ. UNEXPECTED DEATH IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA: A WARNING SIGN WITH A CLINICOPATHOLOGIC CORRELATION1. Ann Intern Med. ;53:1162–1169. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-6-1162
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(6):1162-1169.
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