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Volume 77, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

There has been no previously reported case series study regarding chest radiographic (CXR) presentations in dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) patients. We retrospectively studied 363 DHF patients from June to December 2002 in southern Taiwan, and a total of 468 CXRs were obtained and reviewed. More than 50% of these showed abnormalities after the 3rd day, with infiltration only and small pleural effusion as the major findings. Progressive changes during the first week and improvements during the second week were observed in these abnormal CXRs. The CXR presentation was also significantly correlated with laboratory findings (white blood cell count, platelet levels, activated partial thromboplastin time, and alanine aminotransferase and albumin levels), as well as the clinical course (renal insufficiency, liver function impairment, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, combination bacterial infection, and duration of admission) and outcome (mortality). The CXR may therefore be a modality for evaluating the clinical course of DHF and should be made during first week after the onset of illness.

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  • Received : 25 Jul 2006
  • Accepted : 18 Apr 2007

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