Impaired recovery of strength in older patients after major abdominal surgery.

@article{Watters1993ImpairedRO,
  title={Impaired recovery of strength in older patients after major abdominal surgery.},
  author={James M. Watters and S M Clancey and Steve Moulton and Kelly Hallman Agnes R. Quisumbing Marie Ruel B{\'e}n{\'e}dicte d Bri{\`e}re and Jun Zhu},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1993},
  volume={218 3},
  pages={380-90; discussion 390-3}
}
OBJECTIVE This study compared changes in muscle strength after major elective abdominal surgery in young and old patients, and related these changes to body composition and nitrogen balance. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The breakdown of muscle protein, erosion of lean tissue, and negative nitrogen balance are characteristic metabolic responses to surgical illness. With a substantial loss of muscle mass typical of advancing age, the authors postulated that older patients would be weaker during… CONTINUE READING

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