Blood test 'could help predict recovery rates in surgery patients'

24 November 2015

A simple blood test has shown potential in helping to predict how quickly surgery patients are likely to recover after an operation.

The Stanford University-led research examined whether inducing immune responses in pre-surgical blood samples correlated with the clinical recovery profile of 25 individual patients undergoing hip surgery.

It was found that the correlation was strong, with preoperative immune states shown to be predictive of recovery across several domains, including postsurgical pain and hip dysfunction. 

The use of this single blood sample was much more predictive of clinical recovery than demographic or psychological factors, and opens the door for the creation of a simple test that assessed key immune system attributes that can be applied to daily clinical practice and performed in regular laboratories.

Dr Martin Angst, study author and professor of anaesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, said: "This may ultimately enable us to provide personalised, cost-conscious approaches to aid recovery and have a major impact on perioperative medicine."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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