Thousands of young British women 'have needless operations to remove their appendix'

Scientists at the University of Birmingham studied 274 hospitals and found those in the UK have the highest rates of unnecessary appendectomies in which the patient's organ turned out to be healthy.
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AbstractBackgroundAcute appendicitis is one of the most common abdominal emergencies. Despite all improvements in diagnostic techniques, there are still ongoing problems as proper diagnosis, misdiagnosis and perforated appendicitis. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the clinical value of IMA in patients with appendicitis and to determine the accurate diagnosis of appendicitis in clinically suspected patients.MethodsPediatric patients with acute abdominal pain who had the Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS)  ≥ 7 (n = 109) and a control group of 35 patients were included in this prospectiv...
Source: World Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionAmong patients with appendicitis, there are relevant risk factors predicting appendiceal tumors, especially age and appendiceal diameter in sonography. But the identified risk factors have a low sensitivity and specificity, so obtaining a confident preoperative diagnosis is challenging.
Source: International Journal of Colorectal Disease - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
The need for extended postoperative antibiotics (Abx) for complicated (gangrenous or perforated) appendicitis (CA) remains unclear. We hypothesize that giving ≤24 h of Abx for CA is not inferior to a longer duration in preventing infectious complications after appendectomy.
Source: Journal of Surgical Research - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
The Board is concerned that on December 31, 2017, a surgical pathology specimen was submitted to you, following an appendectomy with colostomy performed on Patient A. Within two weeks, you communicated a verbal preliminary report finding a likely adenocarcinoma of the appendix. Your final report was not submitted until more than six months later on July 14, 2018. The Board had your care of Patient A reviewed by an outside medical expert in pathology. This expert opined that you fell below... North Carolina Medical Board: Adenocarcinoma of Appendix
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pathology Source Type: forums
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Source: Annals of Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: LETTERS AND REPLIES Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: LETTERS AND REPLIES Source Type: research
Objective: The aim of this meta-analysis was to summarize the current available evidence on nonoperative management (NOM) with antibiotics for uncomplicated appendicitis, both in adults and children. Summary Background Data: Although earlier meta-analyses demonstrated that NOM with antibiotics may be an acceptable treatment strategy for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis, evidence is limited by conflicting results. Methods: Systematic literature search was performed using MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and EMBASE databases for randomized and nonrandomized studies comparing antibi...
Source: Annals of Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: REVIEW PAPERS Source Type: research
We report two alternative therapeutic approaches: interval appendectomy and non-operative management. We conclude that these alternative approaches may be suitable for some patients with stump appendicitis. A review of the pertinent literature was done.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Authors: Consalvo V, D'Auria F Abstract BACKGROUND: The laparoscopic appendectomy approach (LAA) for acute appendicitis has fewer intra- and post-operative complications, less pain, and smaller scars compared to the traditional open appendectomy approach (OAA), but a higher frequency of intra-abdominal abscess (IAA). The relationship between this higher frequency of IAA and the omission of appendicular stump invagination is difficult to explain, even though such invagination of the appendicular stump is the only difference between standard LAA and OAA. PMID: 31687786 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Surgical Technology International - Category: Surgery Tags: Surg Technol Int Source Type: research
Acute appendicitis is the most frequent urgent abdominal surgical pathology in children. Therapeutic decisions in patients who have undergone an appendectomy are made based on the macroscopic findings at the moment of surgery. There is high variability between surgical and histopathological findings.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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