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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in The Journal of arthroplasty.

Volume 28, Issue 8, September 2013, Pages 21-24.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2013.05.038. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.


Malnutrition has been linked to serious complications in patients undergoing elective total joint arthroplasty (TJA). This study prospectively evaluated 2,161 patients undergoing elective TJA for malnutrition as defined by either an abnormal serum albumin or transferrin. The overall incidence of malnutrition was 8.5% (184 of 2,161) and the rate of overall complications in the malnourished group was 12% as compared to 2.9% in patients with normal parameters (P55years-old undergoing TJA and is associated with a significant increase in post-operative complications.

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