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World J Surg. 2009 Apr;33(4):738-45. doi: 10.1007/s00268-008-9906-0.

Postoperative fatigue: a review.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Auckland, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. kamran.zargar@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Postoperative fatigue (POF) significantly impacts well-being after major surgery. However, this topic has received little emphasis.

METHODS:

We conducted a comprehensive search on major databases with a focus on studies relevant to assessment and etiology of POF.

RESULTS:

POF has been measured by a number of different and inadequate instruments. It has a complicated etiology, with a number of biological and psychological factors implicated. However, the etiology of this condition has not been fully explained.

CONCLUSIONS:

The role of local inflammation in the development of POF requires further research. Multimodal interventions should be conducted with a focus on addressing various factors that contribute to the development and progression of POF.

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19189174
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