Acute Peritonitis

  • Massimo Sartelli
  • Federico Coccolini
  • Fausto Catena
  • Luca Ansaloni
Chapter

Abstract

Improving outcomes in emergency surgery for the geriatric population is a great challenge for healthcare systems worldwide.

Elderly patients often have multiple concomitant illnesses and are usually also in poor clinical condition due to poor physiological reserve and the additional stress caused by sepsis response.

Short- and long-term outcomes of elderly patients with acute peritonitis are often associated with higher mortality, increased morbidity, higher utility of intensive care resources and longer hospital stays and often with limitations on the ability to live an independent life after the septic insult.

Keywords

Peritonitis Intra-abdominal infections Elderly patients 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Sartelli
    • 1
  • Federico Coccolini
    • 2
  • Fausto Catena
    • 3
  • Luca Ansaloni
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMacerata HospitalMacerataItaly
  2. 2.General Surgery DepartmentPapa Giovanni XXIII HospitalBergamoItaly
  3. 3.Emergency Surgery DepartmentMaggiore HospitalParmaItaly

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