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Death as a result of asthma in Wayne County Medical Examiner cases, 1975-1987.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2329331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
All deaths ascribed to asthma in the 5-to-40-year age group at the Wayne County Medical Examiners' Office were reviewed from 1975 to 1987 inclusive. Fifty-eight deaths were attributed solely to asthma, and the annual number increased fivefold in the 1980s to a rate of approximately 0.5 per 100,000 per year when extrapolated to the Wayne County population. Blacks were overrepresented to double their proportion in the general population. Almost all cases were known asthmatics, and many had received previous emergency care. Most fatalities occurred at night and did not demonstrate any seasonal variation. The onset of the fatal attack was apparently very rapid in most cases, with many engaged in routine activities and few surviving any length of time in hospital or having sought treatment earlier. Our data reveal a significant increase in sudden death in previously well asthmatics in Wayne County in the 1980s. Similar increases in deaths as a result of asthma have been noted previously in other countries for reasons that remain unclear.
S Campbell; I Hood; D Ryan; L Biedrzycki; H Mirchandani
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1990 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-25     Completed Date:  1990-05-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
Asthma / drug therapy,  ethnology,  mortality*
Cause of Death*
Theophylline / therapeutic use
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