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Genetic aspects of admissions to a paediatric intensive care unit.
  1. D R FitzPatrick,
  2. C H Skeoch,
  3. J L Tolmie
  1. Intensive Therapy Unit, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow.


    Of 821 consecutive admissions to a paediatric intensive care unit, 47 (5.7%) were for chromosomal or monogenic disorders. These patients had more readmissions, longer mean stays, and a higher mortality rate than the group as a whole. In two of the four cases that died of single gene disorders, failure to store DNA made genetic counseling difficult.

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