The clinical outcome of 152 patients aged 65 years or over who were referred to the author's institute between August 1990 and August 1991 with certain specified gastrointestinal malignancies and acute, life-threatening abdominal conditions, were audited concurrently.
Two groups were considered : patients aged 65-79 years and those over 80 years.
The mortality rate within 30 days of surgery was 14 per cent in both age groups, although significantly fewer patients aged over 80 years (35 of 54) were considered suitable for surgery than in the 65-79 years age group (84 of 98) (0.01>P>0.001).
Morbidity after operation and cost of treatment were not significantly different between the two groups.
Two years after surgery 40 per cent of the patients aged over 80 years and 58 per cent of those aged 65-79 years were alive.
Quality of life in these survivors was good with 85 per cent of those aged over 80 years living at home and 72 per cent fit enough to undertake light work.
Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil digestif pathologie, Abdomen pathologie, Mortalité, Survie, Vieillard, Homme, Chirurgie, Postopératoire, Coût, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Digestive diseases, Abdominal disease, Mortality, Survival, Elderly, Human, Surgery, Postoperative, Costs, United Kingdom, Europe
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