Objective We sought to examine whether the effect of treatment modality and drugs for cerebral vasospasm on clinical outcomes differs between elderly and non-elderly subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients in Japan. Methods We analyzed the J-ASPECT Study Diagnosis Procedure Combination database (n = 17,343) that underwent clipping or coiling between 2010 and 2014 in 579 hospitals. We stratified patients into two groups according to their age (elderly [≥75 years old], n = 3,885; non-elderly, n = 13,458). We analyzed the effect of treatment modality and anti-vasospasm agents (fasudil hydrochloride, ozagrel sodium, cilostazol, statin, eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA], and edaravone) on in-hospital poor outcomes (MRS 3-6 at discharge) and mortality using multivariable analysis. Results The elderly patients were more likely to be female, have impaired levels of consciousness and comorbidity, and less likely to be treated with clipping and anti-vasospasm agents, except for ozagrel sodium and statin. In-hospital mortality and poor outcomes were higher in the elderly (15.8% vs. 8.5%, 71.7% vs. 36.5%). Coiling was associated with higher mortality (odds ratio 1.43, 95% confidence interval 1.2-1.7) despite a lower proportion of poor outcomes (0.84, 0.75-0.94) in the non-elderly, in contrast to no effect on clinical outcomes in the elderly. A comparable effect of anti-vasospasm agents on mortality was observed between nonelderly and elderly for fasudil hydrochloride (non-elderly: 0.20, 0.17-0.24), statin (0.63, 0.50-0.79), ozagrel sodium (0.72, 0.60-0.86), and cilostazol (0.63, 0.51-0.77). Poor outcomes were inversely associated with fasudil hydrochloride (0.59, 0.51-0.68), statin (0.84, 0.75-0.94), and EPA (0.83, 0.72-0.94) use in the non-elderly. No effect of these agents on poor outcomes was observed in the elderly. Conclusions In contrast to the non-elderly, no effect of treatment modality on clinical outcomes were observed in the elderly. A comparable effect of anti-vasospasm agents was observed on mortality, but not on functional outcomes, between the non-elderly and elderly.
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