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ISSN: 2637-4722

Progressing Aspects in Pediatrics and Neonatology

Review Article(ISSN: 2637-4722)

Pediatric Appendicitis

Volume 1 - Issue 1

Volkan Sarper Erikci* and Tunç Özdemir

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    • Department of Pediatric Surgery, Sağlık Bilimleri University, Tepecik Training Hospital, Turkey

    *Corresponding author: Volkan Sarper Erikci MD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Kazim Dirik Mah. Mustafa Kemal Cad. Hakkıbey apt. No:45 D.10 35100 Bornova-İzmir, Turkey

Received: December 13, 2017;   Published: December 20, 2017

DOI: 10.32474/PAPN.2017.01.000101

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Abstract

Appendicitis is the most common surgical diagnosis for children who present with abdominal pain to the emergency department. However, there are nonspecific examination findings and variable historical features during its presentation. Diagnosis of appendicitis in the pediatric patient may be challenging for the clinician dealing with these patients. It is important to have a high index of suspicion and taking a detailed history and physical examination. In diagnosis of appendicitis, adjunctive studies that may be useful are the white blood cell count, C-reactive protein, urinalysis, ultrasonography and computerized tomography when necessary. When appendicitis is suspected, patients should receive immediate surgical consultation, as well as volume replacement and antibiotics if indicated. With this timely approach it will be possible to prevent the significant morbidity that is associated with delayed diagnoses in younger patients.

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