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J R Nav Med Serv. 2013;99(3):106-10.

The management of acute appendicitis.

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  • 1Surgeon Lieutenant Commander TG Brogden, Seconded Medical Officer, Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, P02 2DL
  • 2Surgeon Commander CG Streets, Consultant Oesophago-gastric Surgeon and Royal Navy Consultant Advisor in Surgery, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS2 8HW.


Appendicitis is the most common general surgical condition and peaks in incidence at the age of those serving in the military. Diagnosis can be extremely difficult with very vague signs and symptoms. This review aims to highlight management considerations that should be taken into account when faced with appendicitis in a military setting, including in the pre-hospital and pre-shore environment. Current controversies surrounding appendicitis management, and the effect these might have on the management of the military patient, are debated.

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