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Research Letter
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
July 3, 2018

Association of Patient Frailty With Increased Risk of Complications After Adrenalectomy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco
JAMA Surg. Published online July 3, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.1749

The frequency of adrenal tumors increases with patient age.1 As the US population continues to grow older, surgeons will more frequently be asked to evaluate elderly patients for adrenalectomy owing to concern for adrenocortical cancer or to mitigate the effects of a hormonally active tumor.2 Frailty, a measure of physiological reserve independent of age, is associated with an increased risk of postoperative morbidity and readmissions in patients undergoing a variety of elective surgical procedures,3-5 but its association with complications after adrenalectomy has not been well established. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association of patient frailty with complications after adrenalectomy.

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