Diagnostic ultrasound for suspected appendicitis : does the added cost produce a better outcome ?
Acute appendicitis is one of the most common abdominal surgical emergencies in North America.
Although the treatment of appendicitis has remained the same for over 250 years, diagnostic techniques have changed immensely.
Most recently, graded compression ultrasonography has received much support.
In an attempt to determine whether ultrasonography has improved the outcome in acute appendicitis, we retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients undergoing appendectomy and/or ultrasound for suspected appendicitis during two separate 12-month periods.
We began using ultrasound in the diagnosis of appendicitis in 1987 ; therefore, 1986 was used as our pre-ultrasound year ; 1989 was used as our comparison year because ultrasound had become widely applied in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis by this time.
Mots-clés Pascal : Appendicite, Echographie, Abdomen, Evaluation, Exploration, Economie santé, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Appareil digestif pathologie, Intestin pathologie, Exploration ultrason
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Appendicitis, Echography, Abdomen, Evaluation, Exploration, Health economy, Human, United States, North America, America, Digestive diseases, Intestinal disease, Sonography
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0081489
Code Inist : 002B24C05. Création : 09/06/1995.