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Impact of Imaging on Negative Appendectomy Rate

  • Courtney A. Coursey
  • Ricardo D. Moreno
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Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

A negative appendectomy is defined as the removal of a normal appendix during an urgent appendectomy performed because of suspected acute appendicitis. In this chapter, we will trace the historical acceptability of a negative appendectomy rate, negative appendectomy rates in the pre-CT era, and negative appendectomy rates in the CT era. Gender differences in the impact of CT on negative appendectomy rates will be reviewed. Controversies related to the role of CT in lowering negative appendectomy rates will be discussed. Acceptable rates of negative appendectomy in the CT era will be addressed. The impact of ultrasound on negative appendectomy rates and the impact of imaging on negative appendectomy rates in children also will be discussed.

Keywords

Acute Appendicitis Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Preoperative Compute Tomography Normal Appendix Negative Appendectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyEmory HealthcareAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryThe Southeast Permanente Medical GroupAtlantaUSA

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