Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 271–273

CT demonstration of the appendix in asymptomatic adults

  • John C. Scatarige
  • David J. DiSantis
  • Harry A. AllenIII
  • Maureen Miller
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01889214

Cite this article as:
Scatarige, J.C., DiSantis, D.J., Allen, H.A. et al. Gastrointest Radiol (1989) 14: 271. doi:10.1007/BF01889214

Abstract

We prospectively examined 103 consecutive adults (67 women, 36 men; mean age: 58.7 years) referred for abdominal and pelvic computed tomography (CT) in whom there was no history of right lower quadrant symptoms or appendectomy. Contiguous 5-mm CT images through the pericecal region were obtained in each subject, once routine scanning was completed. Three radiologists reviewed all CT images and reached a consensus on appendiceal visualization and the quantity of intraperitoneal fat. Statistical methods were applied to the collected data to seek significant associations between a visualized appendix and the following factors: patient age, sex, intraperitoneal fat grade, and the presence of oral contrast in the cecal lumen. The appendix was definitely visualized in only 45 of the 103 patients (43.7%). Analysis of variance revealed no statistically significant correlation between a CT-demonstrated appendix and the four variables examined. The clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Key words

Computed tomography, abdomen Appendix, computed tomography Appendicitis, diagnosis 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Scatarige
    • 1
  • David J. DiSantis
    • 1
  • Harry A. AllenIII
    • 1
  • Maureen Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyDePaul Medical Center and The Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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