Preoperative imaging is common in pediatric appendectomy patients

12/27/2012 |

Most children who underwent appendectomy for presumed appendicitis first had preoperative imaging, Washington University researchers found. Patients who were first taken to a community hospital were 4.4 times more likely to be given a CT scan and less likely to get preoperative ultrasound than those admitted at children's hospitals, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics. About 7% of the children were found after surgery to have a normal appendix, and 23.6% had perforated appendicitis, showing a need for strategies to maximize diagnostic accuracy and reduce ionizing radiation exposure, the researchers write.

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