What is the incidence of intestinal perforation in elderly patients?

Updated: Jul 24, 2020
  • Author: Samy A Azer, MD, PhD, MPH; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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In elderly patients, acute appendicitis has a mortality of 35% and a morbidity of 50%. A major contributing factor to morbidity and mortality in these patients is the presence of 1 or more severe medical conditions coexisting with, but predating, the appendicitis.

Endoscopy-associated bowel injuries are not a common cause of perforation. For example, perforations related to ERCP occur in about 1% of patients. [5]

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