• Br J Anaesth · Jul 2021

    Review Meta Analysis

    Preoperative lymphopaenia, mortality, and morbidity after elective surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis.

    Preoperative lymphopaenia is associated with increased postoperative mortality and morbidity.

    • Johannes Schroth, Valentin Weber, Timothy F Jones, Ana Gutierrez Del Arroyo, Sian M Henson, and Gareth L Ackland.
    • Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.
    • Br J Anaesth. 2021 Jul 1; 127 (1): 32-40.

    BackgroundIn the general adult population, lymphopaenia is associated with an increased risk for hospitalisation with infection and infection-related death. The quality of evidence and strength of association between perioperative lymphopaenia across different surgical procedures and mortality/morbidity has not been examined by systematic review or meta-analysis.MethodsWe searched MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases from their inception to June 29, 2020 for observational studies reporting lymphocyte count and in-hospital mortality rate in adults. We defined preoperative lymphopaenia as a lymphocyte count 1.0-1.5×109 L-1. Meta-analysis was performed using either fixed or random effects models. Quality was assessed using the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale. The I2 index was used to quantify heterogeneity. The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality rate and mortality rate at 30 days.ResultsEight studies met the inclusion criteria for meta-analysis, comprising 4811 patients (age range, 46-91 yr; female, 20-79%). These studies examined preoperative lymphocyte count exclusively. Studies were of moderate to high quality overall, ranking >7 using the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale. Preoperative lymphopaenia was associated with a threefold increase in mortality rate (risk ratio [RR]=3.22; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.19-4.72; P<0.01, I2=0%) and more frequent major postoperative complications (RR=1.33; 95% CI, 1.21-1.45; P<0.01, I2=6%), including cardiovascular morbidity (RR=1.77; 95% CI, 1.45-2.15; P<0.01, I2=0%), infections (RR=1.45; 95% CI, 1.19-1.76; P<0.01, I2=0%), and acute renal dysfunction (RR=2.66; 95% CI, 1.49-4.77; P<0.01, I2=1%).ConclusionPreoperative lymphopaenia is associated with death and complications more frequently, independent of the type of surgery.Prospero Registry NumberCRD42020190702.Copyright © 2021 British Journal of Anaesthesia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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