Low albumin linked to increased mortality after IBD surgery

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Hypoalbuminaemia is associated with worse mortality and complication rates after major abdominal surgery related to inflammatory bowel disease, according to a database study.

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Researchers used data from the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program to assess the impact of hypoalbuminaemia in more than 10,900 IBD patients who underwent IBD-related bowel surgery between 2005 and 2012.

Among these patients, the prevalence of modest hypoalbuminaemia (30-34g/L) was 17% and that of severe hypoalbuminaemia (<30.0g/L) 24%, the team reported.

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