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INTRODUCTION Acute mesenteric lymphadenitis in children has a clinical presentation very similar to that of acute appendicitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether it is possible to clinically differentiate between acute appendicitis and acute mesenteric lymphadenitis in children. METHODS A prospective cohort analysis was performed for all(More)
AIM This systematic review aimed to evaluate the efficacy, morbidity and mortality of laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for patients with perforated diverticulitis. METHOD We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library and CINAHL databases, Google Scholar and five major publisher websites without language restriction. All articles which(More)
This study evaluated the additional value of secondary signs in the diagnosing of appendicitis in children with ultrasound. From May 2005 to June 2006, 212 consecutive paediatric patients with suspected appendicitis were examined. Ultrasonographic depiction of the appendix was classified into four groups: 1, normal appendix; 2, appendix not depicted, no(More)
BACKGROUND Acute appendicitis continues to be a challenging diagnosis. Preoperative radiological imaging using ultrasound (US) or computed tomography (CT) has gained popularity as it may offer a more accurate diagnosis than classic clinical evaluation. The optimal implementation of these diagnostic modalities has yet to be established. The aim of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of clinical evaluation and cross-sectional imaging modalities such as ultrasound and computed tomography for patients with suspected colonic diverticulitis and to determine the value of these examinations in clinical decision-making. METHOD A prospective analysis was conducted of 802 consecutive patients that(More)
The purpose of this article is to assess the diagnostic accuracy of C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell (WBC) count to discriminate between urgent and nonurgent conditions in patients with acute abdominal pain at the emergency department, thereby guiding the selection of patients for immediate diagnostic imaging.Data from 3 large published(More)
OBJECTIVES Low levels of white blood cell (WBC) count and C-reactive protein (CRP) have been suggested to sufficiently rule out acute appendicitis. The diagnostic value of these tests is likely to depend on the duration of complaints. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of these inflammatory markers in relation to duration of symptoms in(More)
BACKGROUND Persistence of pain after acute abdominal pain has been encountered but predictors of chronicity are insufficiently known. AIMS To assess the course of acute abdominal pain and to explore whether chronicity is predicted by baseline demographic and clinical variables. METHODS A follow-up study was conducted on all consecutive women who had(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of standard outpatient re-evaluation for patients who are not admitted to the hospital after emergency department surgical consultation for acute abdominal pain. METHODS All patients seen at the emergency department between June 2005 and July 2006 for acute abdominal pain(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to determine the frequency of hyperechogenicity of renal parenchyma in children with acute abdominal illness and to evaluate the assumed transient feature of this hyperechogenicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between January 2005 and February 2006, 189 consecutive patients (112 boys and 77 girls; mean age, 10 years)(More)