COVID-19-induced sarcopenia and physical deconditioning may require reassessment of surgical risk for patients with cancer

P. Casey, Y. Ang, J. Sultan

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Abstract

The long-term physiological consequences of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection are not known. The ability of COVID-19 to cause chronic illness, sarcopenia, and physical deconditioning may be underestimated and go beyond the anticipated respiratory sequelae. Myalgia, lethargy, and anorexia are common symptoms even in mild to moderate cases and have the potential to exacerbate frailty. How this impacts on risk-stratification for patients requiring surgery for time-critical conditions, such as malignancy, requires further urgent investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • functional deconditioning
  • sarcopenia
  • frailty
  • prehabilitation

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