Prognostic Indicators of Surgery for Esophageal Cancer: A 5 Year Experience

Khan, Nadim; Bangash, Adil; Sadiq, Muzaffaruddin
October 2010
Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology;Oct2010, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p247
Academic Journal
Background/Aim: To assess the prognostic indicators preoperatively presenting and influencing the mortality rate following esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Materials and Methods: This study was a retrospective cohort study, conducted at the Department of Surgery, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, from 1 January 2003 till 31 December 2008. Group 1 included patients who had undergone sub-total esophagectomy and were alive at completion of 12 months; whereas Group 2 included those patients who died by the completion of 12 months. Data were recollected from the Data Bank. A list of variables common to all patients from both groups was categorized and subsequently all data related to each individual patient were placed and analyzed on the version 13.0 of SPSSR for Windows. Results: Significant findings of a lower mean level of serum albumin from Group 2 were observed, whereas serum transferrin levels, also found lower in Group 2, were not statistically significant. Findings of serum pre-albumin, with a mean value of 16.12 mg/dl (P<0.05) and Geansler's index for the evaluation of the presence of obstructive pulmonary disease prior to surgery showed a lower reading of mean ratio in Group 2. Anastamotic leak was not a common finding in the entire study. In most cases, the choice of conduit was the remodeled stomach. Nine patients from Group 2 were observed with evident leak on the fifth to seventh post-operative day following contrast swallow studies. This was statistically insignificant (P = 0.051) on multivariate analysis. Conclusion: Pre-operative variables including weight loss, low serum albumin and pre-albumin, Geansler's index, postoperative chylothorax, pleural effusion, and hospital stay, are predictive of mortality in patients who undergo esophagectomy for esophageal cancer.


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