Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 0276–0279 | Cite as

Resolving appendicitis: role of CT

  • M. Kirshenbaum
  • V. Mishra
  • D. Kuo
  • G. Kaplan

Abstract

Background: We assessed the role of computed tomography (CT) in the resolution of appendicitis.

Methods: This was a retrospective study over 2.5 years involving 155 patients and 172 CT scans for suspected appendicitis in an emergency setting.

Results: Sixty-nine studies were positive for appendicitis by CT criteria. Of these, 53 underwent surgery: 48 were positive for appendicitis, four had other pathologies (two with colon cancer, one with colitis, one with infectious enteritis), and one had a normal appendix that was removed. Three of the 69 patients were released or left the emergency room against medical advice. Twelve patients demonstrated acute appendicitis by CT criteria but were treated conservatively because their clinical conditions were stable; four of those patients had follow-up CT that showed resolution of findings. Six patients were followed clinically, without recurrence of symptoms, and two were lost to follow-up.

Conclusion: Resolving appendicitis is an entity that should be considered in a patient who has signs positive for appendicitis on CT but is doing well clinically. CT positive for appendicitis does not necessarily indicate surgery, and the decision for operation should depend on clinical and radiologic features.

Key words: Appendicitis—Resolving appendicitis—Recurrent appendicitis—Computed tomography. 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kirshenbaum
    • 1
  • V. Mishra
    • 1
  • D. Kuo
    • 1
  • G. Kaplan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657, USAUS

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