Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Health Related Sciences

First Advisor

Brian McMahon


Most surgeries and many medical procedures commonly make use of some form of anesthesia to maximize patient comfort and safety. However, all are associated with risks. Obesity and related health care problems are relatively common in anesthesia and also have a negative effect on morbidity and mortality. Trends in pediatric obesity show increases in both the prevalence and risks for the development of other disease. Using the 1997 through 2009 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), this study will assess diagnostic codes to identify complications related to anesthesia in the obese pediatric population. Information gained from this study may serve to advance research and the development of anesthetic techniques to improve both safety and overall health for this population.


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Date of Submission

December 2012

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