Postoperative 'minor' complications: Comparison between men and women

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We compared the incidence of postoperative complications in women (vs. men) in 4173 patients. Overall, women were almost twice as likely to report any postoperative complication (RR = 1.92, p < 0.0005). Specifically, they were 2.6 times more likely to report nausea and vomiting (p < 0.0005), 1.5 times more likely to report sore throat (p = 0.0001), 2.3 times more likely to report headache (p < 0.0005) and 2.4 times more likely to report backache (p = 0.0036). Whether these gender differences are due to a reporting bias, or whether in fact women are at greater risk of such complications, remains to be determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Anaesthesia
  • Complications; postoperative, gender

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