Obesity Could Raise Risks of General AnesthesiaApr-02-2011
Obese patients are twice as likely as non-obese patients to develop serious airway complications while under a general anesthetic, a new study has found.
And severely obese patients were four times more likely to develop such problems, according to the report.
In the study, researchers analyzed all major airway complications that occurred among patients who received general anesthesia in the United Kingdom in 2008-2009. The focus of the study was on events that led to severe consequences, such as the need for a breathing tube to be inserted in the front of the neck, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, brain damage or death.
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