PMID: 6211208Jun 1, 1982Paper

Laparoscopy in the prevention of unnecessary appendicectomies: a prospective study

The British Journal of Surgery
A A DeutschR Reiss

Abstract

More than one-third of all appendicectomies are unnecessary. A study was directed towards reducing the misdiagnosis of appendicitis, thus preventing needless operations. Thirty-six women in the fertile age group and with a diagnosis of appendicitis were subjected to laparoscopy before surgery. All women had undergone a gynaecological examination to rule out disease of the female genitalia. As a result of the laparoscopy, surgery was cancelled in one-third of the cases, which were found to have acute gynaecological disease not requiring surgery.

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Related Concepts

Acute Disease
Appendectomy
Ruptured Appendicitis
Differential Diagnosis
Misdiagnosis
Female Genital Diseases
Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic

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