One in 10 patients with severe non-inflammatory respiratory disease may suffer from anaemia, a German study shows.
A link between anaemia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is known, but this study shows it is also frequently found in patients with severe non-inflammatory respiratory diseases.
Researchers reviewed 600 patients with chronic respiratory failure receiving home mechanical ventilation, of which half had obstructive disease and half restrictive disease.
They found 12% in the restrictive group and 15% in the obstructive group had anaemia.
International Journal of Clinical Practice (2011) 65: 479-486
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