Cholecystectomy in the elderly: a prospective study.

  title={Cholecystectomy in the elderly: a prospective study.},
  author={Paul Houghton and Lloyd R Jenkinson and Leslie A. Donaldson},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  volume={72 3},
The mortality and morbidity of 151 elderly patients (greater than 64 years of age) undergoing biliary surgery for benign disease were prospectively studied. The overall mortality was 3.3 per cent. This comprised a 0.77 per cent mortality in the elective group and a 19 per cent mortality in the emergency group. In spite of 77 per cent of the emergency group having a gangrenous gallbladder, a complication difficult to predict preoperatively, the majority of deaths were from cardiovascular disease… CONTINUE READING

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