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2022 Jun

J Clin Med Res



Association of Severe Obesity and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease With Pneumonia Following Non-Cardiac Surgery.


Owusu-Bediako K, Pfaff K, Tram NK, Stahl DL, Tobias JD, Nafiu OO, Mpody C
J Clin Med Res. 2022 Jun; 14(6):237-243.
PMID: 35836727.


Pneumonia is the third most common surgical complication after urinary tract infection and wound infections. In addition to increased mortality, patients who develop postoperative pneumonia have a higher risk of prolonged hospital stay, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and higher healthcare costs. Obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are both independent risk factors for the development and severity of postoperative pneumonia, although the combined effect of these comorbidities is unknown. Therefore, we evaluated whether the combination of severe obesity and COPD is associated with an increased risk of postoperative pneumonia.