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Scientific article
Letter
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Admission serum albumin and prognosis in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Published inArchives of internal medicine, vol. 153, no. 3, 400
Publication date1993
Abstract

We studied the serum albumin level within 48 hours of hospitalization for acute illness to predict in-hospital death, length of stay, and readmission in 15,511 patients older than 40 years. Patients with low serum albumin levels (less than 34 g/L), who made up 21% of the population, were more likely to die, had longer hospital stays, and were readmitted sooner and more frequently than patients with normal albumin levels. The in-hospital mortality was 14% among patients with low albumin levels, as compared with 4% among patients with normal levels. Although the serum albumin level was a nonspecific marker, it was a stronger predictor of death, length of stay, and readmission than age. We conclude that the serum albumin level on admission is an important variable that should be incorporated in severity-of-illness measures based on physiologic indexes.

Keywords
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biological Markers/CH
  • Boston/EP
  • Female
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Hospital Mortality/*
  • Human
  • Length of Stay/*SN
  • Male
  • Middle Age
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Patient Readmission/*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Regression Analysis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Serum Albumin/*AN
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Medline File
  • Health Planning & Administration File
Citation (ISO format)
BOONE, M.C. et al. Admission serum albumin and prognosis in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. In: Archives of internal medicine, 1993, vol. 153, n° 3, p. 400.
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ISSN of the journal0003-9926
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