PMID: 59125Jul 3, 1976

Intensive care in rabies therapy. Clinical observations

Lancet
G R GodeN K Bhide

Abstract

Seven patients in India with dog-bite rabies were treated by intensive therapy. Hypoxia was prevented by intermittent positive-pressure ventilation facilitated by muscle relaxants and sedatives. Other measures, included maintenance of nutrition, correction of fluid/electrolyte and acid/base balances, antiviral agents, immunological stimulation, and intensive nursing care by immunised volunteer staff. The patients survived for from 1 to 17 days after the onset of clinical disease. When survival was prolonged (i.e., more than 2-4 days) by intensive care, the disease had diverse and serious effects, including fluctuations in temperature and blood-pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and diabetes insipidus. Although none of the patients survived, advances in the use of this technique raised hopes that it may eventually be possible to save some patients.

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