It is known that sarcopenia affects the overall short- and long-term outcomes of patients with gastric cancer (GC); however, the effect of muscle quality on infectious complications after gastrectomy for GC remains unclear. We investigated the associations between the preoperative quantity and quality of skeletal muscle on infectious complications following gastrectomy for GC.
The subjects of this retrospective study were 353 GC patients who underwent radical gastrectomy between 2009 and 2018. We examined the relationships between their clinical factors, including skeletal muscle mass index and intramuscular adipose tissue content (IMAC), and infectious complications after gastrectomy.
Infectious complications developed in 59 patients (16.7%). The independent risk factors for infectious complications identified by multivariate analysis were male gender (P < 0.001), prognostic nutritional index below 45 (P = 0.006), and high IMAC (P = 0.011). Patients with a high IMAC were older and had a higher body mass index, as well as a greater age-adjusted Charlson comorbidity index, than those with low or normal IMAC.
Low skeletal muscle quality defined by a high IMAC is a risk factor for infectious complications following gastrectomy. When feasible, preoperative nutritional intervention and rehabilitation aiming to improve muscle quality could reduce infectious complications after gastrectomy for GC.
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Uchida, T., Sekine, R., Matsuo, K. et al. Association between low preoperative skeletal muscle quality and infectious complications following gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Surg Today (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00595-020-02225-x
- Gastric cancer
- Infectious complications
- Intramuscular adipose tissue content (IMAC)