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Underweight patients have a high number of adverse events and postoperative infections after total shoulder arthroplasty, even compared with super morbidly obese patients, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, held from March 12 to 16 in Las Vegas.

Taylor Ottesen, of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues evaluated data on 15,725 patients from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database who underwent total shoulder arthroplasty from 2005 to 2016. The authors sought to evaluate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and adverse events after total shoulder arthroplasty.

Source: Medical Xpress

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