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Stair-climbing test: beyond the height
  1. Maria Rodriguez
  1. Department of Thoracic Surgery, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maria Rodriguez, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid 28027, Spain; mery.rodriguez.perez{at}gmail.com

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Patient selection has contributed significantly to improve the incidence of postoperative complications after anatomical lung resection. Stair-climbing test is one of the low technology alternatives available, sometimes underused, to improve this selection. In the current issue, Boujibar and colleagues1 present the first systematic review and meta-analysis assessing stair-climbing test as a tool to predict postoperative complications after lung resection and to determine which patients require further high-technology cardiopulmonary evaluation.

Boujibar and colleagues describe the first systematic review and meta-analysis, which addresses the role of the stair-climbing test in predicting the incidence of postoperative complications after major lung resection.1 The authors conclude that achieved height during the stair-climbing test is a useful screening tool to decide whether a patient, due for thoracic surgery, needs further high-technology cardiopulmonary evaluation or can proceed directly to the operation. Despite the great heterogeneity of the six studies included in the …

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  • Contributors MR contributed entirely to all aspects related to the current manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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