S-Space College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원) Surgery (외과학전공) Journal Papers (저널논문_외과학전공)
Risk Factors for Operative Complications in Elderly Patients During Laparoscopy-Assisted Gastrectomy
- Hwang, Sun-Hwi; Park, Do Joong; Jee, Ye Seob; Kim, Hyung-Ho; Yang, Han-Kwang; Lee, Kuhn Uk; Lee, Hyuk-Joon
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- ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
- JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS; Vol.208(2); 186-192
- BACKGROUND: We evaluated the feasibility of laparoscopy-assisted gastrectomy in elderly patients with gastric cancer. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective analysis of 632 patients who underwent laparoscopy-assisted gastrectomy from May 2003 to December 2007 at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. Postoperative complication rates were compared between patients older and younger than 70 years of age. RESULTS: Of the 632 patients, 515 (81.5%) were younger than 70 years and 117 (18.5%) were aged 70 years or older. Significant differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and hypertension were observed in patients older than 70 years (p < 0.05). Although the overall complication rates of the patients younger and older than 70 years were 12.6% and 17.9%, respectively, there was no statistically significant difference between groups (p = 0.12). Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that comorbidities with hypertension or with liver cirrhosis were the only variables that correlated independently with postoperative complications. CONCLUSIONS: Complications after laparoscopy-assisted gastrectomy for patients older than 70 years of age with gastric cancer were similar to those of younger patients. But a careful approach is required when patients older than 70 years of age have hypertension or liver cirrhosis. (J Am Coll Surg 2009;208:186-192. (C) 2009 by the American College of Surgeons)
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