Title

Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis.

Publication/Presentation Date

2-1-1997

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess our results of using graded compression ultrasonography (US) to confirm the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Graded compression US was performed on 94 patients who presented at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania with an equivocal clinical picture of acute appendicitis. When used to diagnose acute appendicitis, US provided a specificity of 93.7%, sensitivity of 74.2%, and accuracy of 87.2%. We conclude that graded compression US was useful to rule out the diagnosis of acute appendicitis and helped to avoid unnecessary appendectomies and reduced negative laparotomies. Our results proved to be comparable to previously reported studies.

Volume

42

Issue

1

First Page

24

Last Page

26

ISSN

0035-8835

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

9046139

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Research

Document Type

Article