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TO THE EDITOR: We read with interest the article by Salvetti et al.4 (Salvetti DJ, Tempel ZJ, Goldschmidt E, et al: Low preoperative serum prealbumin levels and the postoperative surgical site infection risk in elective spine surgery: a consecutive series. J Neurosurg Spine 29:549–552, November 2018). This study provided much needed awareness on the importance of nutrition to overall outcomes. We recently commented on the need for revisions to our neurosurgical organizations’ (AANS/CNS) guidelines for the treatment of severe traumatic brain injury on the basis of the strong literature support for early treatment with
SalvettiDJTempelZJGoldschmidtEColwellNAAngrimanFPanczykowskiDM: Low preoperative serum prealbumin levels and the postoperative surgical site infection risk in elective spine surgery: a consecutive series. J Neurosurg Spine29:549–5522018
TempelZGrandhiRMaseratiMPanczykowskiDOchoaJRussavageJ: Prealbumin as a serum biomarker of impaired perioperative nutritional status and risk for surgical site infection after spine surgery. J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg76:139–1432015