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Table 2

Classification of the severity of the acute radiation syndrome observed in the 23 crewmen of the fisherboat Lucky Dragon based on the counts of the neutrophils, the lymphocytes, and the thrombocytes using the METREPOL-system.

Case Neutrophiles Lymphocytes Thrombocytes
383 H3 H2 H3
384 H1 H1 H2-H3
385 H3 H3 ?
386 H3 H2 H3
387 H1 H2 ?
388 H0-H1 H2 H2
389 H1 H2 H2
390 H0-H1 H1 H2
391 H1 H1 H1
392 ? H0-H1 H2
393 H0-H1 H0-H1 H1
394 H0-H1 H0-H1 H2
395 H1-H2 H1-H2 H2
396 H1 H1 H1
397 H0-H1 H2 H1-H2
398 H1-H2 H2 H2
399 H0-H1 H2 H2
400 H0-H1 H2 H2
401 ? ? H0-H1
402 H1 H2 H1-H2
403* H2 H2 H3
404 H1 H1 H1-H2
405 H1 H2 H1-H2

H0: no alterations; H1: mild; H2: moderate; H3: severe; H4: fatal. In some cases indicated by “?” data seemed conflicting and a reasonable categorization did not seem possible. Nr 403: *Categorization of the chief radio officer, as the only short-term fatality of the crew. Source of the blood data: SEARCH database with case numbers as registered.

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