Selection of pre-operative haematobiochemical parameters for the identification of patients 'at risk of infection' undergoing surgery for gastro-intestinal cancer

F. Cafiero, M. Gipponi, L. Moresco, R. Capuzzo, P. Mansuino, F. Di Giorgio, E. Verganelli

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Abstract

Sixty-three patients were given a complete laboratory screening before undergoing surgical treatment for cancer of the digestive tract. The values of all these parameters were correlated with the incidence of postoperative infections, with the aim of identifying those markers which could be useful for the pre-operative selection of the patients at risk of infection. Patients who developed postoperative infections showed a significant pre-operative reduction of total serum proteins (P <0.02), albumins (P <0.02), β-globulins (P <0.01) and C3c (P <0.05), while α1-globulins were slightly, but not significantly, increased. The possible clinical applications of these parameters, to develop a predictive model which may help identify the patients at risk of infection, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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