Severe muscle depletion predicts postoperative length of stay but is not associated with survival after liver transplantation.

@article{MontanoLoza2014SevereMD,
  title={Severe muscle depletion predicts postoperative length of stay but is not associated with survival after liver transplantation.},
  author={Aldo J Montano-Loza and Judith Meza-Junco and Vickie Baracos and Carla M Prado and Mang M. Ma and Glenda A. Meeberg and Crystal Beaumont and Puneeta Tandon and Nina Esfandiari and Michael B Sawyer and Norman Mark Kneteman},
  journal={Liver transplantation : official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={640-8}
}
Muscle depletion or sarcopenia is associated with increased mortality in patients with cirrhosis; how it affects mortality after liver transplantation requires further study. In this study, we aimed to establish whether sarcopenia predicts increased morbidity or mortality after liver transplantation. We analyzed 248 patients with cirrhosis who had a computed tomography (CT) scan including the third lumbar vertebra before liver transplantation. Data were recovered from medical charts, the… CONTINUE READING

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