Saturday, March 08, 2014
Men get adhesions
Do Men Get Adhesions?
David Wiseman PhD, MRPharmS, Founder, International Adhesions Society
It is a common myth that only women are prone to adhesions. While it is
certainly true that women have more “internal parts” that require surgery, which
inevitably leads to adhesions, men are not excluded from the problem of
A simple look at the national statistics collected from hospital discharges (ICD9
codes) from the most recent data available (2001-2005) reveals the following:
• Over 50,000 men were discharged from hospital in 2005 with a diagnosis
of peritoneal adhesions (568.0), accounting for 28% of such diagnoses,
compared with 72% for women.
• Over 37,000 men were discharged in 2005 with a diagnosis that included
the specific diagnosis of intestinal adhesions with (ie causing) bowel
obstruction (560.81). This number accounts for 38% of cases, compared
with 62% for women.
• Men also accounted for 37% of discharges with a principal diagnosis (as
opposed to an incidental diagnosis) was intestinal adhesions with
obstruction (560.81). Their length of stay was slightly higher than that of
women in 3 of the five years studied and their hospital charges exceeded
those of women in every year by as much as $2500.
• Over 2000 men and women died every year with a diagnosis of intestinal
adhesions with obstruction, representing about 3% of the total discharges
with that diagnosis. The contribution of males to this death rate was in
every year slightly higher than that of women in proportion to their
discharges, by 10-15% in the years 2002-2005, and about 2% in 2001.
Overall discharges for men and women have been climbing at the same rate over
the five year period studied.
More of this article http://www.adhesionrelateddisorder.com/DoMenGetAdhesions.pdf