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European Journal of General Medicine
Medical Investigations Society
ISSN: 1304-3897
Vol. 6, No. 3, 2009, pp. 140-143
Bioline Code: gm09031
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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European Journal of General Medicine, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2009, pp. 140-143

 en Cervical disc disease in geriatric patients: A comparison study
Stawicki, Peter S.; Guarnaschelli, John J. & Dzenitis, Andrievs J.


Aim: Cervical disc disease (CDD) is a common clinical entity. This is a retrospective comparison study of surgical CDD outcomes in 285 geriatric patients (age > 65) and 2715 non-geriatric patients (age < 65).

Methods: The geriatric group consisted of 146 men and 139 wom-en, with mean age of 70.4 years.

Results: Geriatric patients, when compared to non-geriatric pa-tients, were more likely to present with chronic, multi-level, severe radiculopathy and myelopathy. Patients > 65 years old required more instrumentation use than patients < 65 years old.

Conclusion: Overall outcomes were less favorable among geriatric patients, with significantly lower percentage of excellent/good outcomes, significantly greater percentage of poor outcomes, and more frequent clinically relevant recurrence. In addition, length of hospitalization was significantly greater in the geriatric patient group.

Geriatric, radiculopathy, myelopathy, spinal cord diseases, surgical outcomes

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