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PURPOSE Pathologic evaluation of the appendix after appendectomy is routine and can identify unexpected findings. We evaluated our experience in children undergoing appendectomy to review the clinical course of patients with unexpected appendiceal pathology. METHODS After IRB approval, a retrospective review was conducted on patients who underwent(More)
INTRODUCTION In a previous randomized trial, we found children with perforated appendicitis could be safely discharged prior to completion of a 5 day intravenous antibiotics course. To progress the protocol further, patients who met discharge criteria early were discharged without oral antibiotics if leukocyte counts were normal. METHODS Children(More)
BACKGROUND Although many laparoscopic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, patients who have undergone a laparoscopic appendectomy have typically stayed at least overnight. Recently, data in both the pediatric and adult literature suggest that same day discharge (SDD) for acute nonperforated appendicitis is safe and associated with high patient(More)
BACKGROUND We have previously reported that children receive significantly less radiation exposure after abdominal and/or pelvis computed tomography (CT) scanning for acute appendicitis when performed at our children's hospital (CH) rather than at outside hospitals (OH). In this study, we compare the amount of radiation children receive from head CTs for(More)
BACKGROUND Pediatric electrical and chemical burns are rare injuries, and the care of these patients varies significantly. We reviewed our experience in management of electrical and chemical burns to analyze the clinical course, management, and outcomes. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted on children with chemical and electrical burns presenting(More)
INTRODUCTION The published experience with minimally invasive techniques to treat injured children is currently small. In this multicenter case series, we aimed to characterize the contemporary role of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in pediatric trauma. MATERIALS AND METHODS After obtaining Institutional Review Board approval at six pediatric regional(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Meckel diverticulum can present with a variety of complications but is often found incidentally during other surgical procedures. The role of laparoscopy in the management of Meckel diverticulum is established. We reviewed our experience with complicated cases of Meckel diverticulum in children managed with laparoscopy. METHODS A(More)
PURPOSE Ceftriaxone has been associated with development of pseudolithiasis. In our institution, it is used for treatment of perforated appendicitis in children. This study evaluated the occurrence of ceftriaxone-related pseudolithiasis in this population. METHODS After obtaining IRB approval, we performed a retrospective chart review over 51 months. We(More)
PURPOSE Most of the literature about Meckel's diverticulum (MD) consists of single institutional longitudinal case series. We queried the pediatric hospital information system (PHIS) database to obtain information about the epidemiology of MD from a large number of children at geographically diverse locations. METHODS After IRB approval, the PHIS database(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Granular cell tumor (GCT) is an unusual lesion thought to originate from Schwann cells. Congenital granular cell epulis (CGCE) is a rare fibroma-like lesion arising from the alveolar ridge in newborns. These entities have been described as distinct entities. METHODS A retrospective review was performed of children with a histopathologic(More)