Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Waist Size, Not BMI, Predicts Rectal Resection Complications

Author: David Wild, General Surgery News
Sep 01, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — Patients with rectal carcinoma or adenoma increase their chances of post-resection surgical site infections twofold with every 10-cm increase in their waist circumference, according to a retrospective analysis of data from 152 patients. 

The study, presented at the 2010 Digestive Disease Week, also found that body mass index (BMI) was not significantly correlated with a risk for postoperative complications, adding to the body of research questioning the utility of this measure.

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