Delayed appendectomy for appendicitis: causes and consequences.

  title={Delayed appendectomy for appendicitis: causes and consequences.},
  author={S N Von Titte and Charles McCabe and Leslie W. Ottinger},
  journal={The American journal of emergency medicine},
  volume={14 7},
This study was undertaken to describe the causes and consequences of delayed diagnosis and intervention in cases of appendicitis. The hospital records of adult patients undergoing appendectomy during a 4-year period (November 1989 to November 1993) were reviewed, with concentration on 40 patients who had a delay of 72 hours or more from initial symptoms to operation. The initial medical contact points for patients were walk-in clinics and community emergency departments. Definitive care was… CONTINUE READING

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