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Correlation of Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, Serum Alkaline Phosphatase and Serum Potassium Level to Duration of Hospital Stay in Hospitalized Adult Asthma Patients FREE TO VIEW

Nepal S. Raj, PharmD*; R. Guleria, MD; A. Mishra, MD
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All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India


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Chest. 2004;126(4_MeetingAbstracts):813S. doi:10.1378/chest.126.4_MeetingAbstracts.813S
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PURPOSE:  To examine the correlation of erythrocyte sedimentation rate, serum alkaline phosphatase and serum potassium level to duration of hospital stay in hospitalized adult asthma patients.

METHODS:  We studied 44 asthma patients (18 males, 26 females; age 43+-17 years; weight 60+-11 kg) admitted in medical ward of hospital for treatment of acute asthma. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, serum alkaline phosphatase and serum potassium level were estimated at the time of admission. Patients were treated with normal adult doses of salbutamol nebuliser (33 - number of patients), beclomethasone inhaler (18), salbutamol inhaler (15), ipratropium inhaler (12), injection terbutaline (14), injection cortisone (17), injection aminophylline (15), tablet prednisolone (15), tablet theophylline (23). All patients were discharged when their condition was stable for 24 hours. Average, standard deviation (sd), correlation coefficient (r) and p values were calculated by Ms.Excel 97 in Win.Me using P4.

RESULTS:  Average (+-sd) values of duration of hospital stay (7.2+-4.5 days), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (34+-14 mm / hour), serum alkaline phosphatase (180+-132 units /L) and serum potassium level (3.8+-0.5 mEq / L) were observed. The correlation between erythrocyte sedimentation rate and duration of hospital stay (r=0.52; p<0.05) was observed. The correlation between serum alkaline phosphatase and duration of hospital stay (r=0.36; p <0.05) and the correlation between serum potassium level and duration of hospital stay (r=0.35; p <0.05) was also observed.

CONCLUSION:  There was significant positive correlation between erythrocyte sedimentation rate and duration of hospital stay, between serum alkaline phosphatase and duration of hospital stay, between serum potassium level and duration of hospital stay.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  Higher erythrocyte sedimentation rate, serum alkaline phosphatase and serum potassium level may predict prolonged duration of hospital stay in adult asthma patients.

DISCLOSURE:  N.S. Raj, None.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


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