Prevalence of intra-abdominal surgery: What is an individualg's lifetime risk?

Joseph William Nunoo-Mensah, Michael Rosen, Linday S. Chan, Nir Wasserberg, Robert W. Beart

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:: The lifetime risk of intra-abdominal surgery is unknown. The objectives of this study were to derive this information from our local population, and to consider the role of incidental surgery. METHODS:: Over an 8-year period, 2648 autopsy and clinical records from a public and private hospital were reviewed for evidence of intra-abdominal surgery. RESULTS:: 2262 (85%) cases were from the public hospital and 386 (15%) from the private hospital. The adjusted intra-abdominal surgical rate was 43.8% in those over the age of 60. With the exception of the age group 21 "40, there were no statistical significant differences in operative rates between hospitals. The intra-abdominal surgical rate over the age of 60 was used as an estimate of the lifetime risk of intra-abdominal surgery. CONCLUSIONS:: The lifetime risk of intra-abdominal surgery can be used to assess the utilization of healthcare among ethnic groups and in considering the role of incidental surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abdominal
  • Incidence
  • Lifetime
  • Risk
  • Surgery

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