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Impact of age on the outcome of liver resections.
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PMID:  15156956     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of age on the outcome of liver resections. One hundred five consecutive hepatic resections were divided into two groups: > or = 65 years old [old group (O-group)] and < 65 years old [young group (Y-group)]. The two groups were first compared to evaluate the distribution of the variables potentially affecting the postoperative course, including primary diagnosis, concomitant diseases, previous upper abdominal surgery, type of operation (major or minor resection), associated procedures, presence and length of portal clamping, intraoperative blood losses and transfusions, and length of operation. The outcome of hepatic resections in the two groups was comparatively evaluated in terms of postoperative mortality, morbidity, transfusions, and length of postoperative hospitalization. The Y-group included 61 resections in 60 patients, mean age 52 +/- 10 years (mean +/- SD), range 23-64 years, whereas the O-group included 44 resections in 43 patients, mean age 71 +/- 4 years (mean +/- SD ), range 65-82 years. The O-group included more hepatocellular carcinomas (45.4% vs 18.0%, P = 0.002) and chronic liver diseases (40.9% vs 18.7%, P = 0.017); the median length of operation was slightly higher in the Y-group (300 minutes vs 270 minutes, P = 0.003). Both O-group and Y-group were comparable (P = n.s.) when evaluated for all other listed variables. As far as concerns the outcome of hepatic resections in the two groups, the length of postoperative hospitalization was identical (median 9 days, 5-60 days), whereas transfusions of packed red cells (O-group vs Y-group: 25.0% vs 16.3%, P = 0.30) or fresh frozen plasma (O-group vs Y-group: 13.6% vs 6.5%, P = 0.053) were not statistically different. Postoperative mortality included one case among young patients whereas no deaths were recorded among elderly patients. Postoperative morbidity was higher in Y-group than in O-group (31.5% vs 20.5%, P = 0.59). The age factor does not negatively affect the outcome of liver resections.
Luca Aldrighetti; Marcella Arru; Giliola Calori; Roberto Caterini; Laura Comotti; Giorgio Torri; Gianfranco Ferla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-25     Completed Date:  2004-06-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  453-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Scientific Institute San Raffaele Hospital, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University School of Medicine, 20132 Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Blood Loss, Surgical
Blood Transfusion / statistics & numerical data
Hepatectomy / adverse effects*,  contraindications,  methods,  mortality*
Hospitals, University
Italy / epidemiology
Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
Liver Diseases / diagnosis,  mortality,  surgery
Middle Aged
Patient Selection
Portal Vein / surgery
Risk Factors
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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