Elderly blacks face a higher risk of death after diverticulitis surgery

A study in the Archives of Surgery found that older black patients had a 28% higher risk of dying at the hospital after diverticulitis surgery than white counterparts. Researchers also found that black patients were more likely to stay longer at the hospital and to require a costly emergency procedure for diverticulitis. The discrepancy remained even among patients with the same insurance and disease severity, but researchers said that undiagnosed underlying conditions could be a factor.

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