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Am J Surg. 2007 Aug;194(2):231-3.

Our experience with selective laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision in the management of suspected appendicitis.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland. s21giri@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

An accurate preoperative diagnosis of suspected appendicitis at times can be extremely difficult. We report our experience with a simple strategy of selective laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision after finding a noninflamed appendix in the management of suspected appendicitis.

METHODS:

Patients presenting with suspected appendicitis after regular office hours (6 pm to 8 am weekdays and weekends) were recruited prospectively from January 2002 to December 2003. Laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision was performed only when the appendix was found to be normal.

RESULTS:

Twenty-five (18.5%) of 135 patients underwent laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision because of a normal-looking appendix. Laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision helped to identify additional intra-abdominal pathology in 13 (52%) of the 25 patients; thus improving the overall detection rate of underlying pathology from 81.5% (110 of 135) to 91.2% (123 of 135).

CONCLUSIONS:

Selective laparoscopy through an open appendectomy incision in patients with a noninflamed appendix is a simple technique that can identify potentially fatal pathology and also maintains a valuable training opportunity for young surgeons to perform open abdominal surgery. We recommend using this technique in the management of suspected appendicitis.

PMID:
17618811
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