Acute appendicitis

Acute appendicitis is the most common cause of abdominal pain requiring surgery. The diagnosis of acute appendicitis is often problematic and delays in diagnosis may result in complications. Lifetime risk of appendicitis is 6.7% in females and 8.3% in males. Traditionally a negative appendectomy rate of 10-20% has been considered acceptable, however appendectomy has low but not insignificant complication rates and imaging is increasingly used in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.

A podcast from Emergency Medicine Cases discussing controversies in appendicitis is available here.

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