Journal article

Postoperative pulmonary complications following major head and neck cancer surgery

LM Shaw, TA Iseli, D Wiesenfeld, A Ramakrishnan, CL Granger

International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2021


The primary aim of this observational study was to describe the incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) in 60 consecutive, surgically treated head and neck cancer patients requiring free flap reconstruction and tracheostomy, using both a prospective and a retrospective outcome measure. Secondary aims were to identify risk factors for PPC development, explore the effects of PPC on outcomes, and describe the provision of postoperative physiotherapy in this population. Postoperative pulmonary complications occurred in nine (15%) patients based on the Melbourne Group Scale and 27 (45%) patients based on Health Information Service coding data. The occurrence of a PPC was not sta..

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