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MINERVA UROLOGICA E NEFROLOGICA
A Journal on Nephrology and Urology
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XV CONGRESS OF THE SOCIETA' ITALIANA DI NEFROLOGIA SEZIONE PIEMONTE-VALLE D'AOSTA
(Verbania, October 4, 1997)
Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 1999 June;51(2):67-70
Survival of patients starting dialysis in old age in Piedmont
Giachino G., Saltarelli M., Ciappero F., Pignone E., Gigliola G., Piccoli G. B. *
Ospedale di Rivoli - Rivoli (Torino) Divisione e Servizi di Nefrologia e Dialisi
*Ospedale Molinette - Torino Divisione e Servizi di Nefrologia e Dialisi
Background. Patients starting dialysis in old age (age >70 and >80) in Piedmont are widely increasing: the survival curves of this group of patients can give very important information to evaluate the quality of both the delivered therapy and our very wide criteria of acceptance to the treatment. To this end, using data from the Piedmont Dialysis and Transplant Register, the survival curves of patients with age over 70 and 80, beginning dialysis in all Piedmont Dialysis Units between 1981 and 1996, have been examined.
Methods. These curves have been considered both in a general way and according to the presence or absence of further high risk conditions; they show results better than expected and improving from 1981 to 1995.
Results. If the survival curves of these patients are considered according to the kind of dialytic treatment performed, they do not show any significative difference.
Conclusions. The conclusion is drawn that these data strongly support first, the fitness of criteria of very wide acceptance to the treatment and modulated choice of the kind of dialytic treatment at present followed in Piedmont; and second, that dialysis treatment can give very good results also in elderly patients. So, it is suggested that the economic and structural difficulties of dialysis Units must not influence the nephrologist’s choice towards elderly patients.