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Peri-operative outcomes following major surgery for head and neck cancer in the elderly: institutional audit and case-control study.

Publisher : J Laryngol Otol

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Head & Neck Surgery, Anaesthesiology

Year : 2018

Abstract : pstrongOBJECTIVE: /strongElderly patients have been consistently shown to receive suboptimal therapy for cancers of the head and neck. This study was performed to determine the peri-operative outcomes of these patients and compare them with those of younger patients./ppstrongMETHODS: /strongIn this retrospective analysis, 115 patients aged 70 years or more undergoing major surgery for head and neck cancers were matched with 115 patients aged 50-60 years, and univariate analysis was performed./ppstrongRESULTS: /strongElderly patients had a reduced performance status (p lt; 0.001) and more co-morbid illnesses (p = 0.007), but a comparable intra-operative course. They had a longer median hospital stay (p = 0.016), longer intensive care unit stay (p = 0.04), longer median tracheostomy dependence (p = 0.04) and were more often discharged with feeding tubes (p lt; 0.001). They also had a higher incidence of post-operative non-fatal cardiac events (p = 0.045)./ppstrongCONCLUSION: /strongElderly patients with good performance status should receive curative-intent surgery. Although hospital stay and tube dependence are longer, morbidity and mortality are comparable with younger patients./p

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