Journal article

Pre-operative low muscle mass is associated with major complications and lower recurrence-free survival after gastric cancer surgery

Feras Alnimri, Jonathan Sivakumar, Tom Sutherland, Mary A Johnson, Salena Ward, Lynn Chong, Michael W Hii

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Low muscle mass (LMM) has been associated with post-operative morbidity. This study aimed to examine the relationship between pre-operative LMM and major post-operative complications and survival in patients undergoing curative resection for gastric cancer. METHODS: A single-centre retrospective cohort study was conducted on consecutive patients who underwent surgical resection for gastric adenocarcinoma between 2008 and 2018. Patient demographics, radiological parameters, pathological data and complications were recorded. Skeletal muscle index was calculated using OsiriX software by manually measuring the cross-sectional skeletal muscle area at the third lumbar vertebra and corr..

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