Somatic Complications of Alcoholism in the Surgical Patient

Authors

  • Dragos F. Voicu Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania; County Emergency Hospital Braila, Romania
  • Alexandru Bogdan Ciubara Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania
  • Dorina Stan Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania
  • Anamaria Ciubara Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/brain/11.1Sup1/31

Keywords:

alcoholism, surgical patient

Abstract

Background. Alcoholism is a public health problem. Chronic ethanol consumption determines physiological and morphological changes, reflected by an abnormal response to regular medication and nutrients, with consequences on the efficiency of anesthesia and the surgical act.

Material and methods. A retrospective study was conducted on the latest 1750 cases (2016-2018), hospitalized and operated, in which the preoperative identification of alcohol abuse was made by dosing biochemical markers (gamma-glutamyl transferase, poor carbohydrate transferrin and medium erythrocytic corpuscular volume), by standard questionnaires and, of course, by preanesthetic exam.

Results and discussions. The study showed a rate of 8% (140 cases) of alcohol abuse among these surgical patients. The paper reviews the somatic complications of alcoholism: neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, metabolic, hematological, immunological and hormonal, and discusses the effectiveness of the study method.

Conclusions. It is proposed to implement a preoperative identification protocol for patients with alcoholism to prevent postoperative withdrawal.

Author Biographies

Dragos F. Voicu, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania; County Emergency Hospital Braila, Romania

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania; County Emergency Hospital Braila, Romania

Alexandru Bogdan Ciubara, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

Dorina Stan, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

Anamaria Ciubara, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University, Galati – Romania

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Published

2020-04-14

How to Cite

Voicu, D. F., Ciubara, A. B., Stan, D., & Ciubara, A. (2020). Somatic Complications of Alcoholism in the Surgical Patient. BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, 11(1Sup1), 78-89. https://doi.org/10.18662/brain/11.1Sup1/31

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