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1. Stump appendicitis is a rare delayed complication of appendectomy: A case report.
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Stump appendicitis is an acute inflammation of the residual appendix and one of the rare complications after appendectomy. Paying attention to the possibility of stump appendicitis in patients with right lower abdominal pain after appendectomy can prevent the delay of diagnosis and treatment. In patients with stump appendicitis, CT scan not only assists in making an accurate preoperative diagnosis but also excludes other etiologies. We report a 47-year old man with preoperatively diagnosed stump appendicitis by CT, who underwent an open appendectomy 20 years ago ... Read More »
» Published in World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Sep 7;12(33):5401-3.

2. Review of the pathological results of 2660 appendicectomy specimens.
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PURPOSE: Appendicitis is the most commonly performed emergency abdominal surgery. The appendix can also be the site of a variety of neoplasms and unusual inflammatory conditions. A retrospective review was performed to determine the pathological diagnoses in appendicectomy specimens. METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of 2660 appendicectomies performed from 1997 to 2003. The reports were analyzed for the following parameters: age-related incidence of acute appendicitis, seasonal variation in presentation, perforation rate, rate of negative and incidental appendicectomy, and the ... Read More »
» Published in J Gastroenterol. 2006 Aug;41(8):745-9.

3. Length of stay by route of contrast administration for diagnosis of appendicitis by computed-tomography scan.
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OBJECTIVES: Studies show equivalent accuracy of abdominal computed tomography (CT) using rectal contrast compared with oral contrast for diagnosing appendicitis. The authors evaluated whether emergency department (ED) length of stay and satisfaction differed by route of contrast administration for abdominal CT. METHODS: This before-and-after intervention evaluated adult patients in an urban academic ED who were undergoing abdominal CT to screen for suspected appendicitis. Phase 1 subjects had a CT after oral contrast. Phase 2 patients had a CT after rectal contrast infused by gravity drip. ... Read More »
» Published in Acad Emerg Med. 2006 Oct;13(10):1040-5. Epub 2006 Sep 13.

4. An acute care surgery model improves outcomes in patients with appendicitis.
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OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of appendectomy in an Acute Care Surgery (ACS) model to that of a traditional home-call attending surgeon model. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Acute care surgery (ACS, a combination of trauma surgery, emergency surgery, and surgical critical care) has been proposed as a practice model for the future of general surgery. To date, there are few data regarding outcomes of surgical emergencies in the ACS model. METHODS: Between September 1999 and August 2002, surgical emergencies were staffed at the faculty level by either an in-house trauma/emergency surgeon (ACS model) ... Read More »
» Published in Ann Surg. 2006 Oct;244(4):498-504.

5. Diagnostic pitfalls and accuracy of diagnosis in acute abdominal pain.
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OBJECTIVE: To identify the differential diagnostic difficulties in acute abdominal pain at the emergency department and during hospitalization. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with abdominal pain lasting for up to 7 days were registered during 1997-2000 and re-evaluated one year after discharge (n=2851). RESULTS: Diagnoses with low sensitivity at the emergency department but markedly increased sensitivity at discharge were non-specific abdominal pain with a sensitivity value at the emergency department of 0.43, appendicitis 0.80, gallstones 0.68, constipation 0.74 and peptic ulcer 0.26. ... Read More »
» Published in Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct;41(10):1126-31.

6. Multi-detector row CT: spectrum of diseases involving the ileocecal area.
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The ileocecal area is a relatively short segment of the gastrointestinal tract but may be affected by pathologic conditions that are either common throughout the gastrointestinal system or exclusive to this area. These conditions include benign and malignant tumors, inflammatory processes (appendicitis, diverticulitis, epiploic appendagitis, Crohn disease), infectious diseases, and miscellaneous conditions (cecal ischemia, typhlitis, cecal volvulus, duplication cyst). The various components of the ileocecal area (cecum, appendix, ileocecal valve, terminal ileum) are close to one another, so ... Read More »
» Published in Radiographics. 2006 Sep-Oct;26(5):1373-90.

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