The postoperative morbidity after osteosynthesis of malleolar fractures was investigated retrospectively by comparing 90 alcohol abusers with 90 controls. The two groups were selected from 626 male patients and were matched regarding trauma, treatment for cardiovascular, pulmonary and endocrine diseases, age, weight, smoking habits, anaesthesia and duration of surgery. The alcohol abusers developed significantly more early complications, especially infections, after surgery. Follow-up at six, nine and 12 weeks after surgery also revealed a significantly higher morbidity among the alcoholics.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Ankle fractures and alcoholism. The influence of alcoholism on morbidity after malleolar fractures.|
|Tidsskrift||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: British Volume|
|Status||Udgivet - 1991|