A cohort of patients with a histological diagnosis of colorectal carcinoma was enrolled prospectively.
All subjects were interviewed by one observer using a structured questionnaire.
One hundred and fifty « young » (under 70 years) and 123 « elderly » (70 years or more) subjects formed the study sample.
The elderly patients did not present more frequently as emergencies than the young, but were more often referred to medical or geriatric rather than surgical units (p<0.01).
There was no difference in median overall delay from symptom onset to histological diagnosis between the age groups (19.5 weeks in each).
Symptomatic anaemia and nonspecific symptoms were more often the presenting complaint in the elderly subjects (p<0.05).
Mots-clés Pascal : Epithélioma, Côlon, Rectum, Vieillard, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Rétrospective, Mortalité, Questionnaire, Symptomatologie, Tumeur maligne, Côlon pathologie, Rectum pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Carcinoma, Colon, Rectum, Elderly, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Retrospective, Mortality, Questionnaire, Symptomatology, Malignant tumor, Colonic disease, Rectal disease, Digestive diseases
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