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Volume 10, Number 2—February 2004
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2004 SARS Edition

Clinical Study

Clinical Description of a Completed Outbreak of SARS in Vietnam, February–May, 2003

Hoang Thu Vu*, Katrin C. Leitmeyer†1, Dang Ha Le‡, Megge J. Miller§1, Quang Hien Nguyen‡1, Timothy M. Uyeki¶1, Mary G. Reynolds¶1, Jesper Aagesen#1, Karl G. Nicholson**1, Quang Huy Vu*, Huy Anh Bach††1, and Aileen J. Plant‡‡1Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Hanoi French Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam; †Robert-Koch Institut, Berlin, Germany, and World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; ‡Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam; §Australian National University and Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Australia; ¶Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; #Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Jonkoping, Sweden; **Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK; ††Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi Vietnam; ‡‡Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia; 1Members of the World Health Organization SARS Team in Vietnam.

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Hematologic and biochemical features of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on admission

Parameter Range
Mean Median Normal range Abnormal
N
Low High % Low % High
Leukocytes (× 109/L) 2.7 16.3 5.9 5.3 4–10 19.4 6.5 62
Neutrophils (%) 44.0 92.8 70.7 71.0 40–75 - 37.1 62
Lymphocytes (%) 4.7 50.0 22.4 22.0 20-45 38.7 3.2 62
Lymphocyte count (× 109/L) 0.3 2.2 1.1 1.1 >1.5 79.3 - 58
Hemoglobin (g/L) 88 216 132.4 132.0 125–155 25 1.7 60
Hematocrit (%) 0.273 0.468 0.388 0.386 0.40-0.52 25 1.7 60
Platelets (× 109/L) 53 293 160.7 158.0 150–450 40.3 - 62
C-reactive protein (mg/L) 1 136 24.7 17.0 0-8 - 75 44
Alanine aminotransferase (UI/L)
  Hospital A
  Hospital B 8.0
13.0 36.0
294.0 22.3
70.0 22.0
49.0 10–50
<40 3.4 34.5 12
17
Aspartate aminotransferase (UI/L)
  Hospital A
  Hospital B 23.0
19.0 89.0
550.0 43.7
101.0 38.0
57.0 10–50
<37 42.9 11
17
Sodium (mmol/L) 129 148 137.1 138 135–145 29.6 3.7 27
Potassium (mmol/L) 3.3 4.7 3.9 3.9 3.5–5.0 14.8 27
Creatinine (mg/L) 48 133 93.2 93.0 5.6–12.4 4.5 9.1 22

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