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How Do Patients Aged 85 and Older Fare with Abdominal Surgery?

Naseem Mirbagheri, Jonathan G Dark, David AK Watters



OBJECTIVES: To review the outcomes of patients aged 85 and older after abdominal surgery in terms of mortality, morbidity, and change in residential status and to analyze factors predicting such outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective clinical cohort study. SETTING: A tertiary regional hospital in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred seventy-nine patients aged 85 and older who had abdominal surgery between 1998 and 2008. MEASUREMENTS: Mortality, complications (morbidity), and change in residential status. RESULTS: The patient sample had a mean age of 88.6, a mortality rate of 17.3%, and a morbidity rate of 62.8%. Approximately two-thirds (64%) of all abdominal surgeries were emergency surg..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Italian Ministry of Health

Awarded by U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA)

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Conflict of Interest: The editor in chief has reviewed the conflict of interest checklist provided by the authors and has determined that the authors have no financial or any other kind of personal conflicts with this paper.The InCHIANTI Study baseline (1998-2000) was supported as a "targeted project'' (ICS110.1/RF97.71) by the Italian Ministry of Health and in part by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA; Contracts 263 MD 9164 and 263 MD 821336); the InCHIANTI follow-up 1 (2001-2003) was funded by the U.S. NIA (Contracts N.1-AG-1-1 and N.1-AG-1-2111); the InCHIANTI follow-up 2 and 3 studies (2004-2010) were financed by the U.S. NIA (Contract: N01-AG-5-0002); supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the NIA, National Institutes of Health.