Perforated duodenal ulcer in the elderly patient.

  title={Perforated duodenal ulcer in the elderly patient.},
  author={Nachum Werbin and Hanoch Kashtan and Ilan Wasserman and Theodor Wiznitzer},
  journal={Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie},
  volume={33 2},
Acute perforation of a duodenal ulcer in a patient over of 70 years of age is associated with a high death rate. During a 10-year period, 35 such patients were operated on; in all omentopexy was performed. Two courses of the disease were observed: the first (19 patients) was defined by acute disease of less than 24 hours' duration preceding surgery; the second (16 patients) was of longer duration, starting with various abdominal complaints and presenting more severely only after the first 24… CONTINUE READING