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Hemoglobin levels above anemia thresholds are maximally predictive for long-term survival in COPD with chronic respiratory failure.

Authors
  • Kollert, Florian
  • Tippelt, Andrea
  • Müller, Carolin
  • Jörres, Rudolf A
  • Porzelius, Christine
  • Pfeifer, Michael
  • Budweiser, Stephan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Respiratory care
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2013
Volume
58
Issue
7
Pages
1204–1212
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4187/respcare.01961
PMID: 23232736
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

In subjects with COPD and chronic respiratory failure undergoing treatment with noninvasive ventilation and LTOT, high Hb levels are associated with better long-term survival. The optimal cutoff level for prediction was above the established threshold defining anemia. Thus, predicting survival only on the basis of anemia does not fully utilize the prognostic potential of Hb values in COPD.

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