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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||European Journal of Surgical Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
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