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31 March 2011

Obesity raises risks under general anaethesia

Obese patients are twice as likely as non-obese patients to develop serious airway complications while under a general anesthetic, a new study has found.

Obese patients are twice as likely as non-obese patients to develop serious airway complications while under a general anaesthetic, a new study has found.

The study was published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Obese patients need to be informed of risks

"The report is important for patients and anaesthetists alike," study co-author Dr Nick Woodall, a consultant anaesthetist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in the United Kingdom, said.

 
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