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J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Sep;35(9):1320-2.

Application of a clinical score for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in childhood: a retrospective analysis of 197 patients.

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Department of Surgery, University of Udine School of Medicine, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to validate a clinical scoring system for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in childhood.

METHODS:

The authors retrospectively applied a clinical scoring system on 197 consecutive pediatric patients operated on for acute appendicitis. They therefore looked for a correlation between the management suggested by the scoring system and pathologic diagnosis on surgical specimens.

RESULTS:

Based on final pathologic specimen, surgery has been performed unnecessarily in 23% of cases. The proposed scoring system could have reduced unnecessary surgery to 2%. Only 8% of patients with acute appendicitis would have been discharged home. Sensitivity and specificity of the scoring system used in this study was 87% and 86%, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

The clinical scoring system proposed in this study could be of help in early clinical diagnosis of appendicitis to reduce the rate of unnecessary emergency surgery.

PMID:
10999688
DOI:
10.1053/jpsu.2000.9316
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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