Cervical Disc Disease in Geriatric Patients: A Comparison Study
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OPUS 12 Foundation, King of Prussia, PA 19406 USA
Neurosurgical Group of Greater Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202 USA
S. Peter Stawicki   

OPUS 12 Foundation, Inc 1011 Rutherglen Drive Columbus, OH 43235 USA Phone (614) 5931973
Online publication date: 2009-07-15
Publication date: 2009-07-15
Eur J Gen Med 2009;6(3):140–143
Aim: Cervical disc disease (CDD) is a common clinical entity. This is a retrospective comparison study of surgical CDD outcomes in 285 geriatric patients (age > 65) and 2715 non-geriatric patients (age < 65). Methods: The geriatric group consisted of 146 men and 139 women, with mean age of 70.4 years. Results: Geriatric patients, when compared to non-geriatric patients, were more likely to present with chronic, multi-level, severe radiculopathy and myelopathy. Patients > 65 years old required more instrumentation use than patients < 65 years old. Conclusion: Overall outcomes were less favorable among geriatric patients, with significantly lower percentage of excellent/good outcomes, significantly greater percentage of poor outcomes, and more frequent clinically relevant recurrence. In addition, length of hospitalization was significantly greater in the geriatric patient group.