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Management of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms in the elderly: “The geriatric abdominal aortic aneurysm”Presented at the 37th Annual World Congress, International College of Angiology, Helsinki, Finland, July 1995
22. April 2011 (online)
Infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) replacement was performed in 97 patients aged 79 or greater over a 14-year period. Sixty-eight patients had intact aneurysms and 29 had ruptured aneurysms. In the intact aneurysm group, the 30-day mortality rate from 1980 to 1986 was 11.5% and decreased to 2.3% from 1987 to 1994. In the ruptured aneurysm group, the 30-day mortality rate was 73% in the earlier period from 1980 to 1986 and 43% in the later period from 1987 to 1994. In the intact aneurysm group, the median hospital stay was 11 days for the transabdominal approach and 8 days with a retroperitoneal approach. In the ruptured aneurysm group, the median hospital stay was 26 days. The occurrence of a ruptured AAA in a patient over 79 years of age is still associated with a high mortality rate, despite the many advances in aneurysm surgery during the past few decades. Hence, in appropriately selected elderly patients, infrarenal aortic aneurysm replacement should be performed electively as the perioperative mortality is low and late survival is similar to that of agematched controls. Age alone should not be a contraindication for infrarenal aortic aneurysm replacement.