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The acute abdomen in the older person

McCarthy, K., Hardy, K, Ackermann, C. and Hewitt, Jonathan ORCID: 2013. The acute abdomen in the older person. Scottish Medical Journal 58 (1) , pp. 41-45. 10.1177/0036933012474594

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The acute abdomen is a common condition in older people. Half of all presentations to hospital require admission, with a third requiring immediate surgery. The Royal College of Surgeons of England have reported a worryingly high mortality rate in the over 80s undergoing emergency surgery, with a 3-fold difference in mortality throughout the England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The aim of this article is to highlight the issues that older people face in relation to acute abdominal pathology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
ISSN: 0036-9330
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:59

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