Cardiopulmonary exercise testing versus spirometry as predictors of cardiopulmonary complications after colorectal surgery
A study on the European Surgery Journal compares the preoperative predictive value of spirometry and CPET in patients scheduled to undergo elective colorectal surgery.
The aim of the study is to determine the predictive value of spirometry and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) preoperatively in patients scheduled to undergo elective colorectal surgery. The study compared the preoperative results with the incidence of postoperative cardiopulmonary complications.
The study conclusions were that "CPET allows the prediction of postoperative cardiopulmonary complications which cannot be anticipated by spirometry. Early detection of high risk patients facilitates the planning of patient specific management strategies which are likely to improve outcome through invasive monitoring and optimisation of cardio-respiratory function."
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