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Crit Care Clin. 2003 Oct;19(4):641-56.

Perioperative anesthesia issues in the elderly.

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Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California-San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Avenue, Room M917, Box 0624, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


Surgical procedures on geriatric patients are not always benign, but postoperative mortality and morbidity is improving. Optimal care depends on our ability to recognize potential risk factors and intervene in a positive manner. Not all the data are complete, and we are missing several key randomized trials, but investigators have identified many areas for possible intervention. Hopefully, in the near future, more concrete recommendations can be given for this very large and important topic of perioperative anesthetic issues in the elderly.

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