Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine

Volume 11 Number 2, April 2004

Clinical and ultrasonographic diagnosis of acute appendicitis

LTH Tan and KL Ong

Appendicitis is one of the most common acute abdominal conditions encountered in the Emergency Department. It is a surgical condition that can affect any person of any age and often with varying clinical presentations. In the majority of cases, the diagnosis is straightforward. However in some, the diagnosis requires a heightened clinical suspicion. The application of adjuvant laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging helps to reduce the associated complications, morbidity and mortality of delayed diagnosis. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2004;11:109-116)

Keywords : Abdominal pain, appendix, emergencies, ultrasonography

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