Due to the steady increase in the elderly population, the issue of frail patients with acute abdomen management is ever more actual. Many questions remain unsolved, concerning both the indication to surgery and the type of surgical approach, open or laparoscopic. This chapter describes the specific problems of the elderly patient, providing to the emergency surgeon, who has to take a quick and often lonely therapeutic choice, a survey of the literature upon which to base a rational approach to treating frail patients with acute abdomen. Some diseases, such as cholecystitis, appendicitis, and complicated Hinchey stage 3 diverticulitis, can be treated with laparoscopic approach, if the answer to a series of 11 questions is always "yes".
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|Titolo:||Emergency laparoscopy in the elderly: From the evidence to the philosophy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo, articolo)|