Acute appendicitis in the elderly: A literature review on an increasingly frequent surgical problem

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Abstract

With increased life expectancy and the growing total population of elderly patients, there has been rise in the number of cases of acute appendicitis in elderly people. Although acute appendicitis is not the most typical pathological condition in the elderly, it is not uncommon. Most of these patients require surgical treatment, and as with any acute surgical pathology in advanced age, treatment possibilities are affected by comorbidities, overall health status, and an increased risk of complications. In this literature review we discuss differences in acute appendicitis in the elderly population, with a focus on clinical signs, diagnostics, pathogenesis, treatment, and results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatrics (Switzerland)
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2021

Keywords*

  • Acute appendicitis
  • Elderly
  • Surgery

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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