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Table 5 Early and late complications in relation to age at surgery

From: Mechanisms of adhesive small bowel obstruction and outcome of surgery; a population-based study

 Age < 70 years n = 201Age ≥ 70 years n = 201p- valueAll n = 402
Early
 Anastomotic leak (n = 139)4/66 (6.1%)0/73(0.0%)0.0484/139 (2.9%)
 Wound dehiscence4 (2.0%)15 (7.5%)0.01019 (4.7%)
 Wound infection14 (7.0%)7 (3.5%)0.11721 (5.2%)
 Intraabdominal infection21 (10.4%)23 (11.4%)0.74944 (10.9%)
 Aspiration5 (2.5%)10 (5.0%)0.18815 (32.7%)
 Pneumonia9 (4.5%)23 (11.4%)0.01032 (8.0%)
 Myocardial infarction0 (0.0%)7 (3.5%)0.0157 (1.7%)
 Arrythmia1 (0.5%)20 (10.0%)< 0.00121 (5.2%)
 Urinary tract infection11 (5.5%)21 (10.4%)0.06532 (8.0%)
 Re-operation18 (9.0%)23 (11.4%)0.41041 (10.2%)
 Intensive care16 (8.0%)35 (17.4%)0.00451 (12.7%)
 ICU daysa0.62 ± 3.50.91 ± 3.70.4330.76 ± 3.6
 Postoperative stay (days)a10.2 ± 10.811.4 ± 10.30.24110.8 ± 10.5
Late
 SBO-admission45 (22.4%)27 (13.4%)0.01972 (17.9%)
 No. times admission for SBOa0.9 ± 1.90.5 ± 0.90.0320.7 ± 1.5
 SBO- admission daysa4.3 ± 9.82.5 ± 6.60.1173.5 ± 8.5
 SBO- surgery17 (8.5%)9 (4.5%)0.10526 (6.5%)
 Hernia15 (7.5%)9 (4.5%)0.20724 (6.0%)
 Deceased at follow-up32 (16%)126 (63%)< 0.001158 (39%)
  1. aMean ± SD