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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 72-74

Appendicitis: A study of negative appendicectomies


Department of Surgery, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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J Kpolugbo
Department of Surgery, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State
Nigeria
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This is a fifteen-month prospective study to assess the diagnostic accuracy of appendicitis. One hundred and fifty nine patients were diagnosed on clinical basis as having acute appendicitis and subseqently had appendicectomy. 52.8% were confirmed on histology . The diagnostic error (negative appendicectomy) was 47.2%. the error was lower in males (35%) compared with females. The reason for the high negative appendicectomy in women is pelvic inflammatory diseases, which mimics acute appendicitis. Post-operative complications were noted in 3% of the negative appendicectomy group but in the positive appendicectomy group complications were much more common particularly when the appendix was ruptured.


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