Can we avoid percutaneous nephrolithotomy in high-risk elderly patients using the Charlson comorbidity index?

@article{Reorlu2012CanWA,
  title={Can we avoid percutaneous nephrolithotomy in high-risk elderly patients using the Charlson comorbidity index?},
  author={Berkan Reşorlu and Akif Diri and Ali Fuat Atmaca and Can Tuygun and Derya Gokmen Oztuna and Omer Faruk Bozkurt and A Serkan Unsal},
  journal={Urology},
  year={2012},
  volume={79 5},
  pages={1042-7}
}
OBJECTIVE To determine whether Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) predicts the postoperative complications after percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and could be a plausible option to avoid surgery and its potential risks in elderly patients with significant comorbidites. METHODS The data from 283 elderly patients (age ≥ 60 years) who underwent PCNL in 4 large referral hospitals were reviewed in the present multicenter study. For each patient, we evaluated pre-existing comorbidities and… CONTINUE READING