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PURPOSE - Radical cystectomy remains associated with significant morbidity. Most series report outcomes with relatively short-term followup that may underestimate the true magnitude of the procedure and many report length of hospital stay but ignore readmission rates. We analyzed the predictors of early (30 days or less), late (31 to 90 days) and cumulative 90-day hospital readmissions, as well as morbidity and mortality rates.
MATERIALS AND METHODS - We reviewed our prospectively collected database of 753 patients who underwent radical cystectomy for urothelial cancer between January 2001 and December 2007. We examined the relationship between clinical variables and readmission rates during the early, late and 90-day postoperative period, and reviewed mortality and perioperative morbidity rates.
RESULTS - There were 200 (26.6%) patients readmitted in the first 90 days following radical cystectomy. Of these patients 148 (19.7%) were readmitted early, 81 (10.8%) were readmitted late, and 29 (3.9%) had an early and late readmission. Logistical regression revealed gender (OR 1.50, 95% CI 1.00-2.27, p = 0.05), age adjusted Charlson comorbidity index (OR 1.19, 95% CI 1.06-1.34, p = 0.003) and any postoperative complications before discharge home (OR 1.84, 95% CI 1.19-2.83, p = 0.006) as independent predictors of 90-day readmission. The 30 and 90-day mortality rates were 2.1% (16) and 6.9% (52), respectively.
CONCLUSIONS - Readmission rates after radical cystectomy are significant, approaching 27% within the first 90 days. Gender and age adjusted Charlson comorbidity index were independent predictors providing preoperative information identifying patients more likely to require readmission or possibly to benefit from a longer initial hospital stay.
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