The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic appendicectomy following non-operative management of appendix mass in children. Medical records of 103 consecutive patients (61 males, 42 females) who underwent non-operative treatment of appendix mass followed by laparoscopic elective appendicectomy were examined. Their ages ranged from 2 years 5 months to 15 years (mean 8.3 years). All patients were treated conservatively by close observation, antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Once the child was fit for discharge laparoscopic elective appendicectomy was booked for 4–6 weeks later. Ninety-three children responded to the initial conservative treatment and were discharged after a mean hospital stay of 5.6 days (range 3–10 days). Ten (9.7%) did not respond to initial treatment and developed appendix abscess requiring drainage. Average hospital stay in the 97 patients who had laparoscopic elective appendicectomy was 2.5 days (range 1–5 days). Three patients developed complications after elective appendicectomy, a stitch abscess in one, paralytic ileus in one and wound infection in one. Histological examination revealed fibrosed or resolving appendicitis in 52, acute or subacute appendicitis in 24, carcinoid tumour in two and normal appendix in 19. Laparoscopic elective appendicectomy is a safe and effective method of treatment following conservative treatment of appendix mass. Not only does it make the dissection and resection of the appendix easier but it also has the added advantage of performing adhesiolysis.
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