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Hypoxaemia in the general surgical ward--a potential risk factor?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7888465     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
After major operations, hypoxaemia is common in the late postoperative period in the surgical ward. Recent studies of humans after major operations showed that such hypoxaemia may be related to the development of myocardial ischaemia and cardiac arrhythmias, even in patients with no preoperative signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease. Experimental studies have shown an adverse effect of tissue hypoxia on wound healing and on resistance to bacterial wound infections. Finally, mental confusion and surgical delirium may be related to inadequate arterial oxygenation during the late postoperative period. Hypoxaemia may therefore prove to be a risk factor in the late postoperative period, and further studies are needed to clarify its pathogenesis and rational treatment.
J Rosenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of surgery = Acta chirurgica     Volume:  160     ISSN:  1102-4151     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Surg     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-20     Completed Date:  1995-04-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9105264     Medline TA:  Eur J Surg     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  657-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Anoxia / etiology*,  mortality,  therapy
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / complications
Cognition Disorders / etiology
Myocardial Ischemia / complications
Postoperative Complications / etiology*,  mortality,  therapy
Risk Factors

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