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Asthma Mortality in Children: A 16-Years Experience at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Over the 16-year period from August 1969 to August 1985, 15 children aged 9 to 19 years, well-known to physicians in the Allergy Section of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia died unexpectedly of asthma outside the hospital. There were no deaths in hospitalized asthmatics during this time. Over half the deaths occurred since 1979, the same period in which significant increases in asthma deaths and hospitalizations were noted nationwide. The 15 children all had certain features in common and then subdivided into three subgroups. From analysis of the data five maxims for management of high-risk, chronic asthmatics were developed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 1986

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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