Asthma deaths confounded by substance abuse. An assessment of fatal asthma.

@article{Levenson1996AsthmaDC,
  title={Asthma deaths confounded by substance abuse. An assessment of fatal asthma.},
  author={T Levenson and Paul A. Greenberger and Edmund R Donoghue and Barry D Lifschultz},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1996},
  volume={110 3},
  pages={604-10}
}
BACKGROUND The Chicago region has been identified as having a very high death rate from asthma in patients aged 5 to 34 years. We investigated circumstances surrounding the fatal attack to determine whether the death was from asthma, of indeterminate cause, or coincidental to asthma. METHODS Cases of asthma deaths from the Office of the Medical Examiner, where the deceased were younger than 46 years of age, were used to determine clinical, toxicologic, and pathologic findings relevant to… CONTINUE READING