Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
AUGER, Sergio et al. Emergencies in patients with Chagas' disease in Buenos Aires city, Argentina. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2002, vol.35, n.6, pp. 609-619. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822002000600011.
The objective of this work was to evaluate the most frequent causes of emergency in patients with Chagas disease. Between January 1998-January 1999, individuals with Chagas disease inside the shock-room of Santojanni Hospital in Buenos Aires city, were included in a prospective study. For the statistical analysis, X2 test with Yates correction has been used. From a total of 1.680 patients entered, there were 95 (6%) with reactive serology for Chagas disease. In 31 individuals the enter cause was syncope, in 28 cardiac insufficiency, in 18 acute coronary events, in 5 stroke, in 3 acute edema of hypertensive lung and in 2 acute encephalitis associated to AIDS. In conclusion, significant association has been observed between: 1) presence of cardiopathy and hospitalization, 2) cardiac insufficiency, syncope, acute encephalitis and mortality, 3) cardiopathy development and mortality and 4) origin place and mortality.
Keywords : Chagas' disease; Emergency; Hospitalization; Cardiopathy; Mortality.