Improved diagnostic accuracy in patients with suspected appendicitis

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2007 (EN)
Improved diagnostic accuracy in patients with suspected appendicitis (EN)

B. Tingstedt1, R. Andersson2, B.

Background: Studies during the 1990s showed that it was possible to reduce the rate of negative appendectomies by using various diagnostic methods. The present study aims to evaluate the effect on diagnostic accuracy of implementation of repeated clinical examination and blood tests in a small county hospital without possibilities of radiological assistance on a 24-hour basis. Methodology: Prospective study of all appendectomies performed at Ystad General Hospital, Sweden. Leukocyte count and C-reactive protein levels were analysed in all patients. Patients with suspicion of acute appendicitis were admitted for active observation, repeated clinical examination and analyses of leukocyte counts and CRP levels. Results: 533 appendectomies were performed during 1996- 2000 and compared with the index year 1995. Diagnostic accuracy increased from 73% to 90% (p (EN)




Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 18, No 1 (2005) (EN)

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