Sonographic diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children: a 3‐year retrospective

  title={Sonographic diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children: a 3‐year retrospective},
  author={Tristan Reddan and Jonathan Corness and Kerrie Lee Mengersen and Fiona Harden},
  pages={87 - 94}
Ultrasound is commonly used as a tool for investigation of acute appendicitis in children. The accuracy of ultrasound in appendicitis depends on the ability to visualise the appendix and the potential contribution from secondary signs. The study was a retrospective analysis of children referred for sonographic investigation of possible acute appendicitis at an Australian tertiary paediatric hospital between January 2008 and December 2010. 
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