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European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 7, pp 529–531 | Cite as

Diagnostic value of C-reactive protein in children with perforated appendicitis

  • Jing-Liang Chung
  • Man-Shan Kong
  • Sung-Lien Lin
  • Tzou-Yien Lin
  • Chen-Sheng Huang
  • Chih-Chang Lou
  • Jer-Nan Lin
Gastroenterology/Hepatology

Abstract

The diagnostic value of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in children with perforated appendicitis was prospectively studied in 78 consecutive patients with histologically confirmed appendicitis. The patients were divided into two groups: group A included 56 patients with perforated appendicitis and group B consisted of 22 patients with simple appendicitis. Serum CRP level and leucocyte count were assayed in all and abdominal ultrasonography was performed in 75. The mean age of group A patients was significantly lower than that of group B patients (7.5 vs. 10.4 years,P<0.001). Group A patients had a significantly higher mean serum CRP levels than group B patients (92 vs. 31 mg/l,P<0.001), while the mean leucocyte count was comparable in the two groups. Of 75 examined patients, 73 (97%) had a pre-operative sonographic diagnosis of appendicitis.

Key words

C-reactive protein Perforated appendicitis Simple appendicitis 

Abbreviations

CRP

C-reactive protein

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing-Liang Chung
    • 1
  • Man-Shan Kong
    • 1
  • Sung-Lien Lin
    • 1
  • Tzou-Yien Lin
    • 1
  • Chen-Sheng Huang
    • 2
  • Chih-Chang Lou
    • 2
  • Jer-Nan Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsChang Gung Children's HospitalTaoyuanTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Paediatric SurgeryChang Gung Children's HospitalTaoyuanTaiwan, ROC

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