Awad et al sought to develop a tool to estimate the risk of major postoperative complications following oral cavity resection for squamous cell carcinoma. They evaluated 506 adults who underwent surgery between 2007 and 2012. Patients treated between 2009 and 2012 were used to screen 36 potential predictors. Patients treated in 2007 and 2008 were used to validate a nomogram including the 6 factors with the greatest predictive value: body mass index, comorbidity status, preoperative white blood cell count, preoperative hematocrit, and planned tracheotomy. This statistical tool can be used to predict a specific patient’s risk for a major postsurgical complication in oral cavity cancer.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(11):955. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.2182