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Surgical patients 

Surgical patients
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Surgical patients
Author(s):

Martin Beed

, Richard Sherman

, and Ravi Mahajan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696277.003.0011
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date: 23 May 2019

Postoperative sepsis

Wound dehiscence

Major postoperative haemorrhage

Haemorrhage after cardiac surgery

TUR syndrome

Bronchopleural fistula

Postoperative pain

Patients commonly develop SIRS in the immediate postoperative period 2° to ↑cytokine levels caused by the surgical tissue trauma. This is normally a self-limiting response that subsides within 48 hours. Persistent SIRS, or the development of end-organ dysfunction, should prompt examination and investigations to elucidate the cause....

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