Trauma in the Elderly

  • G. Berlot
  • A. Tomasini
Conference paper


Due to the increased ageing of the population observed in all developed countries, more and more elderly people (that is subjects ≥ 65 years old) are exposed to trauma [1]. Several factors account for this observation, including the prolongation of the active life, the reduction of the visual and acoustic capabilities, the slowing of reflexes, the loss of neuromotor co-ordination, and the effects of age-related diseases such as heart failure, osteoarthrosis, dementia etc. Altogether, these changes cause:
  • a peculiar vulnerability of trauma-exposed tissues (i.e., fractures in ostheoporotic bones following minor trauma) [2, 3];

  • a more or less marked loss of the functional reserve, in terms both of single organ [1] and/or systemic stress response [4];

  • altered responses to stressful events due to the effects of drugs that can influence the compensatory mechanisms to trauma (i.e., diuretic-related hypovolaemia, β-blocking agents and/or Ca2+ receptor antagonist- induced bradycardia, etc) [5].


Renal Blood Flow Systemic Stress Response Efferent Arteriole Aspiration Pneumonitis Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Berlot
    • 1
  • A. Tomasini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain ClinicTrieste University School of MedicineTriesteItaly

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