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Causes of a Delayed Appendectomy for Appendicitis

Purpose:

To identify causes contributing to a delay in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis as described by Von Titte et al.

Specialty:

Gastroenterology
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
General Surgery & Anesthesiology

Objective:

risk factors, clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics

ICD-10:

K35, K36, K37

Description:

Von Titte et al identified reasons for a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of appendicitis. Delayed therapy for acute appendicitis can result in serious morbidity and prolonged hospitalization. The authors are from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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