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J Gastrointest Surg. 2018 Jul 9. doi: 10.1007/s11605-018-3856-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Predictive Value of Preoperative Sarcopenia in Patients with Gastric Cancer: a Meta-analysis and Systematic Review.

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Department of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery, The First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, 110001, China.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, 110001, China.
Department of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery, The First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, 110001, China.



The impact of preoperative sarcopenia on postoperative complications and overall survival has been recently debated. Our meta-analysis aims to ascertain whether preoperative sarcopenia increases the risk of poor outcomes and to attempt to provide new ideas for the prognosis of outcomes for patients with gastric cancer.


We searched for all relevant articles on PubMed, the EMBASE database, and Web of Science (up to September 1, 2017). Data synthesis and statistical analysis were carried out using RevMan 5.3 software.


Thirteen studies involving 4262 patients who underwent gastrectomy for gastric cancer were analyzed (sarcopenia group = 1234; non-sarcopenia group = 3028). The results showed that preoperative sarcopenia significantly associated with poor pathological staging (high pT: OR = 1.86, 95% CI = 1.49-2.31; P < 0.01; pN+: OR = 1.61, 95% CI = 1.33-1.94; P < 0.01; high TNM category: OR = 1.84, 95% CI = 1.53-2.22; P < 0.01). Patients with preoperative sarcopenia had an increased risk of total postoperative complications (OR = 2.17, 95% CI = 1.53-3.08; P < 0.01), severe complications (OR = 1.65, 95% CI = 1.09-2.50; P = 0.02), and poorer OS (HR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.45-1.99; P < 0.01). The results of subgroup analyses revealed that patients with preoperative sarcopenia over 65 years old and those from Asian populations had higher risks for total postoperative complications and severe complications.


This meta-analysis reveals that preoperative sarcopenia may be used as a new indicator of poor pathological staging, impaired overall survival, and increased postoperative complications. Notably, patients with gastric cancer who are over 65 years old and from Asia should be routinely screened for sarcopenia before surgery to adequately assess the risk of postoperative complications in clinical practice.


Gastric cancer; Overall survival; Pathological staging; Postoperative complications; Sarcopenia


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