Originally published by Harvard Health.
What Is It?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a small, fingerlike tube that hangs from the lower right side of the large intestine. The purpose of the appendix is not known. It usually becomes inflamed because of an infection or an obstruction in the...
In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week.
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1. Withholding appendectomy for pediatric patients with white blood cell counts below 9000 and 8000 per uL increased the sensitivity of appendicitis detection to 92% and 95%, respectively.
Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)
Study Rundown: Appendicitis is a common surgical emergency among pediatric patients and can often be diagnosed based...
1. Rates of perforated appendicitis in Canada are lower than publicly or noninsured US children, but higher than privately insured US children; Canadian children have higher rate of misdiagnosis of perforated appendix.
2. Children under age 5 and children with perforated appendicitis in Canada have better outcomes than US...