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Table 1 Comparison between patients who did and did not fill the questionnaires

From: Health related quality of life after oesophagectomy: elderly patients refer similar eating and swallowing difficulties than younger patients

  Patients who did not fill the questionnaires Patients who filled the questionnaires p-value
N 74 109 -
Gender Male: Female 60:14 92:17 0.55
Age (years)a 63 (54–70) 61 (53–68) 0.35
Histotype:b    0.75
 Adenocarcinoma 49 (66.2) 75 (69.4)  
 Squamous cell carcinoma 25 (33.8) 33 (30.6)  
Tumour site:    0.08
 Cervical oesophagus 4 (5.4) 6 (5.5)  
 Thoracic oesophagus 19 (26.7) 14 (12.8)  
 Oesophago-gastric junction 51 (68.9) 89 (81.7)  
Neoadjuvant therapy: yes 51 (68.9) 90 (82.6) 0.05
Hospital stay (days)a 14 (13–20) 19 (17–24) <0.0001
Pathological stagec    0.16
 0 8 (10.8) 25 (23.0)  
 I 18 (24.3) 19 (17.4)  
 II 18 (24.3) 24 (22.0)  
 III 29 (39.2) 36 (33.0)  
 IV 1 (1.4) 5 (4.6)  
Post-operative morbidity 22 (29.7) 29 (26.6) 0.74
Type of post-operative complications:    
 Anastomotic leak 6 8  
 Pulmonary 4 17  
 Cardiac 7 9  
 Dysphonia 0 3  
 Urinary 3 4  
 Bleeding 3 1  
 Sepsis 0 1  
 Chylothorax 1 0  
 Diaframmatic hernia 0 1  
 Deep venous thrombosis 0 1  
 Pyloric stenosis 1 0 -
  1. Data expressed as n (%) or amedian (IQR)
  2. bOther histotype in one patient
  3. cPathological stage is ypstage for patients who received neoadjuvant therapy and pstage for patients who did not