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Table 1 Patient characteristics. Characteristics of the two patient groups. 1D: single dose group, 2D: double dose group. Values are mean ± standard deviation or median (IQR). CPB: cardiopulmonary bypass.

From: The impact of a reduced dose of dexamethasone on glucose control after coronary artery bypass surgery

  1D group 2D group p value
N 116 158  
Male sex 84 (72%) 108 (68%) NS
Age (years) 68 ± 10 69 ± 8 NS
Diabetes mellitus 33 (28%) 36 (23%) NS
Body mass index 27.4 ± 3.4 27.6 ± 3.9 NS
EuroSCORE 5 (2 – 7) 5 (3 – 7) NS
Other than isolated CABG 32 (28%) 33 (21%) NS
Emergency procedure 3 (3%) 7 (5%) NS
Number of anastomoses 3 (2 – 4) 3 (2 – 4) NS
Time on CPB (hours) 1.8 (1.3 – 2.7) 1.6 (1.4 – 2.3) NS
Operation time (hours) 5.5 (4.6 – 6.4) 5.0 (4.3 – 5.9) .01
30-day mortality 3 (2.6%) 6 (3.8%) NS