Thrombocytosis Predicts Surgical Site Infection in Head and Neck Microvascular Surgery- A Pilot Study.
Early and objective prediction of complications in head and neck reconstructive surgery could decrease morbidity and prolonged hospital stays but unfortunately most complications are not identified until their effect is fully realized. There are limited data regarding the association of platelet levels and post-operative complications. Post-operative thrombocytosis (POTCT) is proposed as a possible indicator for complications following free-flap reconstruction.Retrospective review.A multisite retrospective chart review of patients undergoing free tissue transfer between 2013 and 2018 was undertaken. POTCT was recorded and data normalized between institutions. Data were compared between groups using t-tests and logistic regression (P