Kelly G. Elterman, Suzanne Klainer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Current obesity classifications are as follows: overweight (BMI 25.00-29.99 kg/m2); class I obesity (BMI 30.00-34.99 kg/m2); class II obesity (BMI 35.00-39.99 kg/m2); class III obesity (BMI ≥40.00 kg/m2). Perioperative risk, as well as mortality, increases with increasing BMI. The obese patient presents unique challenges throughout the perioperative period due to changes in several organ systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEssential Clinical Anesthesia Review
Subtitle of host publicationKeywords, Questions and Answers for the Boards
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781139584005
ISBN (Print)9781107681309
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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