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Research Finds Racial Disparities in Mortality After Common Surgeries

ABC News writes of new findings from a U.S. study, published in journal Pediatrics, that black children were more likely than whites to die after common surgeries. These findings echo evidence seen in adults.

The researchers examined national data on nearly 173,000 operations from 2012 through 2017. Appendix removal and orthopedic operations were among the most common surgeries. And while there were few deaths, the disparities were striking: 23 black youngsters died within 30 days of surgery compared with 13 whites.

Children were younger than 17 and were considered relatively healthy before their surgeries. While Black children had slightly more heart and digestive problems, pre-existing conditions were uncommon. Those differences however do not fully explain the results of the study.

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