Negative Appendix with Suspected Appendicitis: An Update

Jonathan S. Levine, Gerardo A. Gomez, Dennis B. Dove

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Abstract

We report a retrospective study of 282 consecutive patients who had appendectomy for suspected acute appendicitis at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center during a 15-month period. The overall incidence' of negative explorations of 7.4% was significantly lower than that reported in the literature, and occurred without a significant increase in the incidence of perforation (22%).-Since no sophisticated diagnostic tests were used, we suggest that a decrease in the presently accepted negative exploration rate of 15% to 20% can be achieved on the basis of a careful history, detailed physical examination, and basic laboratory and x-ray studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume79
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Appendicitis
Appendectomy
Incidence
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Physical Examination
Retrospective Studies
History
X-Rays

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Levine, J. S., Gomez, G. A., & Dove, D. B. (1986). Negative Appendix with Suspected Appendicitis: An Update. Southern Medical Journal, 79(2), 177-179.

Negative Appendix with Suspected Appendicitis : An Update. / Levine, Jonathan S.; Gomez, Gerardo A.; Dove, Dennis B.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 79, No. 2, 1986, p. 177-179.

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Levine, JS, Gomez, GA & Dove, DB 1986, 'Negative Appendix with Suspected Appendicitis: An Update', Southern Medical Journal, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 177-179.
Levine, Jonathan S. ; Gomez, Gerardo A. ; Dove, Dennis B. / Negative Appendix with Suspected Appendicitis : An Update. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1986 ; Vol. 79, No. 2. pp. 177-179.
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