TABLE 2

Characteristics of the acute chest syndrome

Available dataAll patients (n=39)
Clinics
 Time from symptom onset to ICU referral, days393 (1–7)
 Thoracic pain3934 (87)
 Cough3917 (44)
 Dyspnoea3929 (74)
 Golden sputum3914 (36)
 Fever3912 (31)
 Limb pain3926 (67)
 Systolic blood pressure, mmHg39122 (117–135)
 Diastolic blood pressure, mmHg3972 (67–84)
 Heart rate, beats·min−139104 (92–117)
 Temperature, °C3937.2 (36.9–38.1)
 Respiratory rate, breaths·min−12826 (21–30)
 Crepitation3924 (62)
 Tubal breath397 (18)
Biology
 Haemoglobin, g·dL−1397.5 (6.3–8.5)
 Platelets, cells·mm−339270 (200–391)
 Leukocytes, cells·mm−33917.1 (14.5–20.6)
 Neutrophils, cells·mm−33912.6 (10.0–15.2)
 Reticulocytes, cells·mm−339272 (180–335)
 Total bilirubin, μmol·L−13951 (36–69)
 LDH, IU·L−139542 (414–882)
 Fibrinogen, g·L−1334.4 (3.8–5.7)
Microbiological documentation
 MSSA396 (15)
Streptococcus pneumoniae392 (5)
 Respiratory virus393 (8)
HRCT data
 Alveolar consolidation3835 (92)
 Ground glass opacity3811 (29)
 Pleural effusion387 (18)
 Pulmonary embolism382 (5)
 PA:A ratio >13816 (42)
 RV:LV ratio >1380 (0)

Data are presented as n, median (interquartile range) or n (%). ICU: intensive care unit; LDH: lactate dehydrogenase; MSSA: methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus; HRCT: high-resolution computed tomography; PA:A ratio: pulmonary artery to ascending aorta diameter ratio; RV:LV ratio: right ventricular to left ventricular diameter ratio.