Study finds higher risk from colectomy in older, COPD patients

01/22/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A study found older patients and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a higher risk of death from emergency colectomy to treat Clostridium difficile infections, researchers reported at SCCM's 42nd Critical Care Congress. One author said the data could aid clinicians in decision-making, indicating that older patients and those with severe COPD may not be good candidates for the procedure.

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