Is age over 70 years a risk factor for pneumonectomy?

Valerio Annessi, Massimiliano Paci, Tommaso Ricchetti, Guglielmo Ferrari, Debora Formisano, Giorgio Sgarbi

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The lengthening of life expectancy has led to more surgical procedures in elderly patients. The aim of this work was to determine whether age >470 years is a risk factor for pneumonectomy. All cases of pneumonectomy from January 1999 to December 2006 were retrospectively reviewed. The 40 patients aged > 470 years were compared with a group of 70 patients aged 40-68 years matched for sex, physical status, respiratory function, side of pneumonectomy, and pathologic stage. Postoperatively, significantly more older patients had atrial fibrillation (24% vs. 5.6%). There was a low incidence of respiratory complications in both groups, and reduced respiratory function did not increase respiratory morbidity. Thirty-day mortality was not significantly different (2.5% in older vs. 1.4% in younger patients), but long-term mortality rates evaluated at December 31, 2007 were 50% for those aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-277
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Age factors
  • Carcinoma
  • Non-small-cell lung
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Risk factors
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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