In a nutshell
This study investigated the association between obesity and wound infection after colorectal cancer surgery. Researchers suggested that obesity is associated with a higher risk of wound infection.
Obesity has increased over recent decades and continues to rise. Prior studies have shown that obesity is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
Wound infection after colorectal surgery is a frequent complication. However, is not known if obesity is associated with an increased risk of wound infection.
Methods & findings
The objective of this study was to investigate if overweight patients have an increased risk of wound infection after colorectal surgery.
This study reviewed 16 other studies that included 9535 colorectal cancer patients. Overweight patients were 2.13 times more at risk of having wound infection after surgery.
The bottom line
This study determined that being overweight is associated with post-surgery wound infection in colorectal cancer patients.
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Critical reviews in oncology/hematology
Jan 01, 2018
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