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Adverse Outcomes Increased Among Sickle Cell Patients Post-Abdominal Surgery

Anesthesiology News reported on a study that found that patients with sickle cell disease had increased odds for adverse outcomes after abdominal surgery.

William F. Urmey, MD, anesthesiologist at HSS, who was not involved in the study, thought that the cost estimates could have been lower than real-world situations.

"These patients are from lower socioeconomic situations. If this is the case and they're on Medicaid, chances are they're going to be billed a lot less than the general population," he said.

This article appeared in the September 2018 print issue.