Cardiac Operations in Two Patients Aged 90 or Over

(Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Okinawa Prefectural Naha Hospital, Naha, Japan)

Tadao Kugai Hiroshi Munakata Nobuhiro Nagata
Cardiac surgery in patients aged 90 years or older is not common. We report 2 successful cases in nonagenarians. A 90-year-old man underwent the Bentall operation for aortic root aneurysm with moderate aortic valve regurgitation. A 91-year-old man underwent aortic valve replacement and single CABG (LITA to LCX) for severe aortic valve stenosis with single coronary artery disease. Their postoperative courses were uneventful. We emphasize that cardiac surgery in nonagenarians should not be withheld on the basis of age alone, but should be based on careful assessments of the relative medical risks and benefits, as well as the wishes of the patient and family.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 34: 202-204 (2005)