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Table 3 Incidence rates of newly detected postoperative pulmonary complications with ‘on-demand’ chest X-ray after major abdominal surgery according to daily clinical practice

From: Routine lung ultrasound to detect postoperative pulmonary complications following major abdominal surgery: a prospective observational feasibility study

Day Number of patients in which CXR is performed (on demand) Patients with N ≥ 1 PPC [N (%)] Respiratory infection Pneumothorax Pulmonary edema Atelectasis Pleural effusion
POD 0 36 13 (36%) 0 2 3 9 4
POD 1 19 13 (72%) 0 4 3 9 6
POD 2 13 7 (54%) 0 2 0 3 5
POD 3 9 3 (33%) 0 1 1 1 3
  1. Patients can develop multiple PPCs. Total amount of PPCs can be higher than the number of patients
  2. CXR chest X-ray, PPC postoperative pulmonary complication, POD postoperative day