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Plasma electrolytes in patients with asthma in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria

Eruke E Egbagbe, Ogie T.O Ehondor, Joshua O Aigbirior, Sylvester Idogun

Abstract


Background: We compared plasma electrolytes in patients with and without asthma.


Methods: Subjects for the study comprised of 17 male and 45 female asthmatics attending the Chest Clinic of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Nigeria. These patients had questionnaires administered and the urea and electrolyte values were determined in the standard fashion.

Result: Majority (80%) of the asthmatics were in the age range 48 – 57 years and with a mean age of 45±17 years. The urea and electrolyte levels for the asthmatics were in the normal range when compared to the standard used in this environment.

Conclusion: This study has reviewed the urea and electrolyte profile for asthmatics. The urea and electrolyte levels for the asthmatics were in the normal range when compared to the standard used in this environment.


Key words: Serum electrolytes, asthma




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