Obesity is associated with a chronic inflammatory state that predisposes to atherogenesis, thrombogenesis, and carcinogenesis and may increase susceptibility to infections. Critically ill, obese patients have higher mortality. MOF is the best predictor of ICU mortality for obese patients. Pulmonary hypertension and higher BMI are associated with higher surgical risk. Progress in surgical technique and anesthesia has substantially improved the safety of performing operations in severely obese patients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Critical Care Clinics|
|State||Published - Jan 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine