Centenarians versus patients within the most frequent age range for hip fractures: Transfusion practice

Andrés Diego Pelavski Atlas, María J. Colomina, Marcos De Miguel, Jaume Roigé

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Introduction: Descriptive retrospective review to compare transfusion among centenarians operated for a hip fracture with a control group within the "typical" age range for that surgery. Method: Fractured centenarians admitted between 2001 and 2006 were compared with a randomly selected control group aged 75-83 years, with the same pathology. Main variables recorded: demographic data; pre- and post-operative status; haemoglobin levels and blood use. A comparative statistical analysis was performed. Results: Both groups were similar: each had 17 patients and a majority of females had a pertrochanteric hip fracture. Although there was a trend towards higher comorbidity rates and transfusion indexes among centenarians, a significant difference could only be found in post-operative and trigger haemoglobin levels, and in the incidence of post-operative complications. Conclusion: Despite intuitive beliefs, centenarians had results similar to those of the younger population: only a higher complication rate could be proved. Larger samples and prospective studies might be needed to confirm the trends noted. © Springer-Verlag 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-689
JournalArchives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2009


  • 80 and over
  • Aged
  • Blood transfusion
  • Emergency medical services
  • Hip fractures


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