The impact of preoperative elevated serum C-reactive protein on postoperative morbidity and mortality after anatomic resection for lung cancer.


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The aim of this study was to determine whether preoperative elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) is an independent risk factor of postoperative morbidity and mortality after pulmonary resection for lung cancer.A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data on 1414 consecutive patients that underwent an anatomic resection for lung cancer was performed. Patients' characteristics, operative procedures and the postoperative outcome were assessed with a standardised data entry form. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to identify factors that affect morbidity and mortality.Postoperative complications occurred in 35.5% of the patients. The mortality rate was 3.2%. Patients with preoperative C-reactive protein above 40mg/l showed more overall complications and a higher mortality than patients below this limit. Patients with a CRP level between 3mg/l and 40mg/l had no significant increase in morbidity and mortality compared to patients with values ​​below the detection limit (< 3mg/l).Preoperative serum C-reactive protein level is an independent and significant indicator for elevated morbidity and mortality after pulmonary resection. We propose the evaluation of CRP levels as a preoperative diagnostic modality of risk assessment in addition to standardised functional testing.

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Cited Authors

  • Lopez-Pastorini, A; Riedel, R; Koryllos, A; Beckers, F; Ludwig, C; Stoelben, E

Published Date

  • July 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 109 /

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 73

PubMed ID

  • 28577953

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28577953

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-8332

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-5002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.lungcan.2017.05.003


  • eng