July 6, 2013

Impact of nutritional state on lung transplant outcomes


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The impact of poor nutritional status on post lung transplantation outcomes is not clear, with previous studies showing conflicting impact on post operative complications and survival. This single centre retrospective study analyzed the association between markers of nutritional status (body mass index, weight/height ratio, serum albumin, total protein, immunoglobulins, and absolute lymphocyte count) and post operative complications (renal failure requiring dialysis, respiratory failure requiring tracheostomy, pulmonary or bloodstream infections, and death. In malnourished patients, low total serum protein concentration was associated with pulmonary infections. Lower serum albumin was associated with one year mortality. The remaining nutritional variables were not significantly correlated with these complications.

Lung Transplantation

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