Evaluation of the modified Alvarado score in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis: a prospective study.

@article{Kalan1994EvaluationOT,
  title={Evaluation of the modified Alvarado score in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis: a prospective study.},
  author={Mehmet Kalan and D Y Talbot and William James Cunliffe and Anthony Rich},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  year={1994},
  volume={76 6},
  pages={418-9}
}
The Alvarado score was assessed as to its accuracy in the preoperative diagnosis of acute appendicitis. A series of 49 consecutive patients was studied prospectively over a period of 9 months in two hospitals (Gateshead and Sunderland). The presence of a high score was found to be an easy and satisfactory aid to early diagnosis of appendicitis in children and men. However, the false-positive rate for appendicitis in women was unacceptably high.