High rates of comorbidities in severely obese teens

The study of 242 individuals, mean age 17 years and BMI of 50, found 19 patients (8%) required re-operation and 15% had minor complications. There were no deaths.

However the study revealed high rates of comorbidities not previously described in any prospective study of similar cases.

Apart from high rates of hypertension (45%) and dyslipidaemia, 19% had abnormal kidney function and about three-quarters had systemic inflammation (elevated high sensitivity C-reactive protein), the authors found.

JAMA Pediatr 2013; online