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Survival after Acute Respiratory Failure: 145 Patients Observed 5 to 8½ Years

TRYGGVI ASMUNDSSON, M.D.; and KAYE H. KILBURN, M.D.
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Grant support: Training grant EHS 00124 from the National Institute Environmental Health Sciences and grant OH 00302 from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Research.

▸Address requests for reprints to Dr. K. H. Kilburn, Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO 65201.


Durham, North Carolina


Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(1):54-57. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-80-1-54
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One hundred and forty-six patients with acute respiratory failure caused by chronic respiratory disease were studied prospectively. Survivors were observed from 5 to 8½ years. One patient was lost from the follow-up study. Thirty percent of patients survived for 2 years, and 16% were alive after 5 years. After 6 years of follow-up study, the survival rate had fallen to 9%; it remained similar for patients observed to 8½ years. Obese patients with bronchitis and bronchitic patients without emphysema survived longer than patients with emphysema or chronic diffuse infiltrative disease. Surviving patients were an average of 9 years younger than the mean age for the group.

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