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A modified prognostic index based upon nutritional measurements.
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PMID:  16829369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
This paper describes a formula which, on solution, derives a prognostic index (PI) for predicting surgical complications using an anthropometric measurement and serum protein levels which may be obtained easily and rapidly. The formula was applied to three groups of patients, firstly 106 patients undergoing major surgical resection, secondly to 16 patients admitted for minor surgery to assess a normal range, and thirdly 10 patients undergoing total parenteral nutrition. In patients undergoing major surgical resection the prognostic index was significantly greater in those patients developing complications than in the control group and a good predictor of the risk of complications. The index uses nutritional measurements to predict complications rather than being a measurement of nutritional status and is therefore a poor monitor of the efficacy of nutritional therapy.
J M Simms; J A Smith; H F Woods
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0261-5614     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  1982 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-10     Completed Date:  2008-06-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309603     Medline TA:  Clin Nutr     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-9     Citation Subset:  -    
University Department of Surgery and Therapeutics, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF UK.
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