Male patients have more ACDF complications, study says: 4 notes

Written by Shayna Korol | July 23, 2018 | Print  |

Male patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are more likely to experience adverse outcomes than female patients, according to a study in Spine.

Here are four things to know:

1. The researchers used the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify 20,383 patients who underwent ACDF from 2005 through 2014.

2. The male patients in this retrospective cohort were slightly older, less likely to be normal weight or morbidly obese and had a higher incidence of diabetes and hypertension than the female group.

3. Male sex was associated with an increased risk of adverse events after ACDF.

4. Male patients also had longer operative times than female patients.

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