Balancing the normal appendectomy rate with the perforated appendicitis rate: implications for quality assurance.

@article{Velanovich1992BalancingTN,
  title={Balancing the normal appendectomy rate with the perforated appendicitis rate: implications for quality assurance.},
  author={Vic Velanovich and Richard Satava},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={1992},
  volume={58 4},
  pages={
          264-9
        }
}
Debate continues as to what should be the appropriate "negative" appendectomy rate for patients suspected of having acute appendicitis. The controversy centers around balancing the complications of appendectomy for a normal appendix with those for a perforated appendix. By using a decision analysis approach to the probable outcomes of appendectomy for a normal appendix, acute appendicitis, and perforated appendicitis, this study provides one answer to this question. These outcomes are based on… CONTINUE READING

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