Spot urine 5-hydroxy indole acetic acid and acute appendicitis.

  title={Spot urine 5-hydroxy indole acetic acid and acute appendicitis.},
  author={Behrooz Ilkhanizadeh and Ali Akbar Owji and Seyed Mohamad Tavangar and M. Vasei and Seyed Mohammad M. Tabei},
  volume={48 39},
BACKGROUND/AIMS Appendectomy for suspected appendicitis cases is a common procedure. Its clinical diagnosis needs to be supported by accurate confirmatory tests. No single paraclinical test with a high degree of sensitivity and specificity is available for its diagnosis. The appendix contains numerous serotonin-producing cells (enterochromaffin cells). In the inflammatory process and subsequent cell injury, serotonin is released and converted to 5-HIAA (5-hydroxy indole acetic acid). We studied… CONTINUE READING