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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Aug 1;152(7 Pt 1):803-8.

The mortality risk associated with hysterectomy.

Abstract

To study the risks of mortality associated with hysterectomy that are specific to age, race, surgical approach, and associated conditions, we used data collected by the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities during 1979 and 1980. Four hundred seventy-seven deaths were recorded among 317,389 women having abdominal hysterectomies and 46 deaths among 119,972 women having vaginal hysterectomies. The mortality rates for hysterectomy, standardized for age and race, were higher for procedures associated with pregnancy or cancer than for procedures not associated with these conditions (29.2, 37.8, and 6.0 per 10,000 procedures, respectively). Hysterectomies associated with pregnancy or cancer constituted 8% of all hysterectomies performed. However, 61% of all deaths occurred in women with pregnancy- or cancer-related conditions. The mortality rate associated with hysterectomy increased with age and was twice as high among black women.

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