Boudewijn R. Toorenvliet

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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)
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 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)
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)
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