Acute biliary pancreatitis (ABP) is associated with adverse outcomes in hospitalized elderly patients, a recent study found. The National Readmission Databased provides longitudinal follow-up of inpatients for 1 calendar year. All adult inpatients aged ≥18 years with an index primary admission for ABP between 2011 and 2014 were evaluated for clinical outcomes or mortality, severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), and 30-day readmissions and outcomes between age groups were compared. Researchers found:
- Among 184,763 ABP admissions, 41% were elderly.
- Elderly patients underwent more ERCPs and less frequent cholecystectomies.
- Elderly patients had increased odds of mortality and SAP along with an age-dependent increase in the odds of adverse outcomes; patients aged ≥85 years had the highest odds of SAP (OR=1.3) and mortality (OR=2.2) within the elderly cohort.
Patel K, Li F, Luthra A, et al. Acute biliary pancreatitis is associated with adverse outcomes in the elderly: A propensity score-matched analysis. [Published online ahead of print August 28, 2018]. J Clin Gastroenterol. doi:10.1097/MCG.0000000000001108.
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