Background: Surgeons are being increasingly called upon to operate on the very elderly. This study aimed to evaluate outcomes following hepatectomy in patients ≥80 years of age at two tertiary care centers. Methods: All adult patients who underwent liver resection from 2001 to 2017 were included. Primary outcome was 90-day postoperative mortality. Secondary outcomes included 30-day postoperative mortality and postoperative complications. Results: Between 2001 and 2017, 2397 patients underwent liver resection. On unadjusted analysis, patients ≥80 years of age had higher rates of 90-day mortality (13.3% vs. 3.6%, p < 0.001), 30-day mortality (5.6% vs. 1.8%, p = 0.01), MI (7.9% vs. 3.5%, p = 0.04), and UTI (10.0% vs. 4.5%, p = 0.02). On multivariable analysis, age ≥80 years was significantly associated with 90-day postoperative mortality (OR 4.51, 95%CI 2.11–9.67, p < 0.001). Conclusions: Across these two major referral tertiary care centers, very elderly patients had higher rates of 90-day and 30-day postoperative mortality on both unadjusted and adjusted analyses.
- Liver resection
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