Mean Body surface area (BSA)

Value 1.79 m^2 Range: 1.78 - 1.80 m^2
Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference Sacco JJ, Botten J, Macbeth F, Bagust A, Clark P. The average body surface area of adult cancer patients in the UK: a multicentre retrospective study. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 28 5(1):e8933. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008933. abstract & p.3 left column bottom paragraphPubMed ID20126669
Comments p.3 left column bottom paragraph:"The overall mean BSA for the patient population was 1.79 m^2 (95% CI 1.78, 1.80). For both sexes, the BSA distribution was approximately normal as shown in figure 2. The mean BSA for men was 1.91 m^2 (1.90, 1.91) compared to 1.71 m^2 (1.70, 1.72) for women, with a median of 1.90 and 1.70 respectively. Previous studies have employed the mean in preference to the median, a convention [investigators] have continued as the distribution approximated normal, and the mean better incorporates outliers which may have significant effects on costing."
Entered by Uri M
ID 112012