Liver resection in the elderly: A retrospective cohort study of 460 patients - Feasible and safe

Anne Andert*, Toine Lodewick, Tom Florian Ulmer, Max Schmeding, Wenzel Schoening, Ulf Neumann, Kees Dejong, Christoph Heidenhain

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Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the influence of age on the early postoperative outcome after liver surgery. Material and methods: Between January 2005 and July 2012 460 hepatic resections were performed in patients aged 60 years or younger and 70 years or older at the University Hospital Aachen and University Hospital Maastricht. The postoperative outcome of hepatic resection was evaluated by the time of intensive care unit (ICU) stay, length of hospital stay, appearance of postoperative complications and in-hospital mortality. Results: The median postoperative hospital stay was 7 days in group = 70 (p = 0.007). The median time of ICU stay was 1 day in both groups. There were no statistically significant differences according to liver related complications. In group >= 70, significantly more patients suffered from pneumonia (8% vs. 2% in group
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Liver resection
  • Elderly patients

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