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As the population ages, these aging patients develop more significant head and neck maladies. Adams and colleagues reviewed the files of 6727 patients (mean age, 55 years; 50% male and 10% African American) listed in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program participating hospitals who underwent otolaryngologic inpatient surgery between 2005 and 2010. They found the modified frailty index to be significantly associated with an increase in morbidity and an increased risk of severe complications and all complications.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(8):757. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.2594