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Question 3#

What is the most common indication for surgical intervention in the elderly?

a. Coronary disease
b. Appendiceal disease
c. Long bone fracture
d. Biliary tract disease

Correct Answer is D

Comment:

Biliary tract disease due to pigmented or cholesterol stone formation and acute cholecystitis are common problems in the elderly and most likely to lead to surgical intervention. The mortality risk of emergency cholecystectomy is four times that of elective cholecystectomy in the elderly.