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International Angiology 2010 June;29(3):249-54


language: English

Quality of life survey after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in octogenarians

Kurz M. 1, Meier T. 1, Pfammatter T. 2, Amann-Vesti B. R. 1

1 University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; 2 Clinic for Angiology and Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Zurich, Switzerland


AIM: The aim of this study was to assess health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair in octogenarians compared to younger patients. In addition, a possible association between HRQOL, duration of hospitalisation and preoperative serum C-reactive protein (CRP) was studied.
METHODS: 270 consecutive patients (249 men, mean age 73 years, range 52-89 years) with elective endovascular repair of AAA had been retrospectively evaluated. The Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) score was used to assess health related quality of life in 20 patients 80 years or older and in 25 younger patients.
RESULTS: The only difference in the NHP score between the two groups was found in physical abilities, where octogenarians had a significant lower score (79.9%, range 32.8-100%) than the younger group (92.2%, range 36.8-100%, P=0.0003). The mean AAA diameter of the octogenarians was 6.4 cm (range 4.1-13.0 cm) and was significantly larger than in non-octogenarians (5.8 cm, range 3.6-12.5 cm, P=0.017). Duration of hospitalisation, CRP-level and prevalence of CAD and PAD were not different in the two groups. Higher preoperative CRP was associated with longer hospital stay.
CONCLUSION: Perceived HRQOL in patients undergoing endovascular repair of AAA is equally good in octogenarians and non-octogenarians, however only the score for physical ability is lower in the older group.

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