The natural history of appendicitis in adults. A prospective study.

@article{Temple1995TheNH,
  title={The natural history of appendicitis in adults. A prospective study.},
  author={Claire L. F. Temple and Shirley A. Huchcroft and Walley J Temple},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1995},
  volume={221 3},
  pages={278-81}
}
OBJECTIVE The authors relate prehospital delay and in-hospital delay to the incidence of perforation of appendicitis. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Quality assurance studies use perforation rate as an index of quality of care. This is based on the assumption commonly presented in retrospective reports that in-hospital delay to surgery influences the incidence of perforation. Only one limited study prospectively found that prehospital delay increased the perforation rate. METHODS During a 6-month… CONTINUE READING

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