Appendicitis Epidemiology

Appendicitis Epidemiology - Urine Tests Usually normal If...

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Appendicitis Epidemiology Appendicitis can affect people of all ages. It is more common in patients under 40 and is rare before the age of 2. Men appear to be more affected than women at a rate of 3:2. Diagnosis Appendicitis is usually diagnosed from a patient’s history and clinical picture. The typical picture develops very quickly (over a period of 24 hours). If symptoms have persisted for over 48 hours a diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis is made unlikely. Whilst there are no specific tests or investigations that can diagnose Appendicitis there are a number of investigations that can help aid diagnosis. Blood Tests FBC looking for raised WCC (indicates infection) CRP (raised in acute inflammation)
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Unformatted text preview: Urine Tests Usually normal If blood is present it may indicate stones or tumours as a cause of the pain If blood, nitrates and proteins are present this could indicate a UTI Urine tests are compulsory in all women due to the risk of Ectopic Pregnancy Imaging US Colour Doppler - used to assess the size and consistency of the Appendix as well as it's blood flow CT may show an enlarged diameter of the appendix Laparoscopy Both investigative and curative. Laparoscopy allows direct visualisation of the appendix and usually curative surgery due to the risk of missing an acute appendix and leaving it in....
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