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J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Nov;43(11):1970-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.04.014.

Outpatient interval appendectomy after perforated appendicitis.

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Division of Pediatric Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY 10467, USA.



Interval appendectomy may be advisable after successful nonoperative treatment of perforated appendicitis. To reduce the perceived morbidity of interval appendectomy, we sought to determine if the operation could be done on an outpatient basis. This study is focused on patient comfort and safety after laparoscopic interval appendectomy (LIA).


This is a retrospective review of the clinical course and length of stay of 24 children who had LIA during a 4-year period.


Of the 24 patients, 12 were discharged on the evening of surgery without incident. Nine additional patients were observed for the first postoperative night-2 for short episodes of temperature elevation, 3 for pain treated within the first 4 hours of recovery and requiring no further treatment, and 4 because the idea of outpatient appendectomy had yet to become popular. None of these patients was febrile overnight, none required narcotic or parenteral analgesics after leaving the recovery room, and all accepted feedings without nausea or vomiting. It is likely that all 9 of these patients could have been discharged on the day of operation. Three other patients stayed in the hospital for treatment of pain, low-grade fever, or slow resumption of feeding.


Of 24 patients, 21(88%) were or could have been discharged on the day of operation. When interval appendectomy is indicated, LIA can be performed safely as an outpatient surgical procedure in most children.

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