Obesity in the intensive care unit

Clin Chest Med. 2009 Sep;30(3):581-99, x. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2009.05.007.


The exact prevalence of obesity among critically ill patients is not known, but some evidence suggests that in the United States one in four patients in the intensive care unit is obese. The authors review the physiologic alterations in obesity that are relevant in critical illness and highlight some common diseases associated with obesity. Various practical challenges in the care of the critically ill obese patient, including drug dosing, are also reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Critical Care*
  • Critical Illness
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / etiology
  • Lung Diseases / physiopathology
  • Lung Diseases / therapy
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Obesity / therapy