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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Feb;166(2):593-7.

Radical hysterectomy in the elderly patient: analysis of morbidity.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Irvine.



This study compares the perioperative morbidity and mortality following radical hysterectomy of patients older than 65 years with a younger age group who underwent radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy for cervical carcinoma stage IB or IIA.


A retrospective analysis of morbidity and mortality for the first 60 postoperative days was conducted. The study population of 45 women greater than 65 years of age with cervical cancer treated by radical hysterectomy was compared with a control population of 90 women less than 65 years treated similarly.


In the elderly group, 31 of 45 and 12 of 15 were American Society of Anesthesologists Physical Status II and III respectively; 68/90 and 19/90 were American Society of Anesthesiologists status I and II in the younger age group (p = 0.001). Transfusions of greater than 2 units were required in 14% of the elderly and 35% of younger patients (p = 0.02). No statistical differences were observed between groups for other parameters examined.


Age alone should not be a contraindication for radical hysterectomy in the elderly patient with American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status I to III.

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