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Short-term and long-term outcome in low body mass index patients undergoing cardiac surgery

Al-Sarraf, Nael; Raza, Adnan; Rowley, Suzanne; Hughes, Ann Maree; Tolan, Michael; Young, Vincent; McGovern, Eillish


Objective: We sought to assess the effect of low body mass index (BMI) on short- and long-term outcomes following cardiac surgery. Methods: This is a retrospective review of a prospectively collected departmental database over a 6-year period. Patients were eligible for the study if the BMI was <25 kg/m2. All morbidities, length of hospital stay, and short- and long-term mortality were reviewed. Results: There were 704 patients divided into low (n = 71) and normal (n = 633) BMI. Postoperative...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
DOI: 10.1007/s11748-008-0336-6


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