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Pediatric appendicitis

R Guanà, L Lonati, S Garofalo, N Tommasoni, L Ferrero, A Cerrina, R Lemini, C Dallan, J Schleef
Introduction. Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in the pediatric population. The peak incidence occurs in the first decade of life, while it is uncommon to face appendicitis in children younger than 5 years of age. Laparoscopy is now demonstrated to be the optimal approach also to treat complicated appendicitis, but in very young children this standardized operation is not always easy to perform. Material and Methods. From January 2009 to December 2015 we operated on 525 acute appendicitis, with 120 patients less than 5 years of age...
2016: Surgery Research and Practice
Holly Depinet, Karen Copeland, Joseph Gogain, Halim Hennes, Norman A Paradis, Rebecca Andrews-Dickert, Cheryl W Vance, David S Huckins
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of pediatric acute appendicitis can be difficult. Although scoring systems such as the Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) are helpful, they lack adequate sensitivity and specificity as standalone diagnostics. When used for risk stratification, they often result in large percentages of moderate-risk patients requiring further diagnostic evaluation. METHODS: We applied a biomarker panel (the APPY1 Test) that has high sensitivity and negative predictive value (NPV) to patients with PAS in the moderate-risk range (3-7) and reclassified those patients with a negative result to the low-risk group...
August 10, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Rebecca M Rentea, Shawn D St Peter, Charles L Snyder
Appendicitis is a common cause of abdominal pain in children. The diagnosis and treatment of the disease have undergone major changes in the past two decades, primarily as a result of the application of an evidence-based approach. Data from several randomized controlled trials, large database studies, and meta-analyses have fundamentally affected patient care. The best diagnostic approach is a standardized clinical pathway with a scoring system and selective imaging. Non-operative management of simple appendicitis is a reasonable option in selected cases, with the caveat that data in children remain limited...
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Bo Hyun Hwang, Younglim Kim, Gi-Bong Chae, Suk-Bae Moon
OBJECTIVE: The use of abdominal computed tomography (ACT) for nontraumatic abdominal pain in the pediatric emergency department is increasing to a remarkable extent, and every effort should be made to select patients who would benefit from ACT. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and laboratory predictors of positive CT yield in pediatric patients with nontraumatic abdominal pain. METHODS: The medical records of 739 pediatric patients who, between January 2009 and February 2014, underwent ACT for nontraumatic abdominal pain at the emergency department were reviewed retrospectively...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Alessandro Boscarelli, Simone Frediani, Silvia Ceccanti, Ilaria Falconi, Gabriele Masselli, Emanuele Casciani, Denis A Cozzi
In children, epiploic appendagitis has been seldom reported. We describe two children with clinical presentations mimicking appendicitis. A correct diagnosis was eventually achieved by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and confirmed at laparoscopy in the initial case. Our preliminary experience suggests that MRI is a valid and non-invasive alternative to computed tomography for characterization of unusual causes of pediatric abdominal pain in the acute hospital care setting.
September 20, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yasuharu Ohno, Tamotsu Fujimoto, Yukari Shibata
Introduction Superb microvascular imaging is a new ultrasound image processing technique that uses advanced clutter suppression to extract flow signals from vessels and which helps us visualize very small vascular structures that were not previously visible without the use of a contrast agent. We herein analyzed the usefulness of superb microvascular imaging in the diagnosis of hepato-gastrointestinal disorders in pediatric patients. Materials and Methods Fifty-six pediatric patients who underwent a total of 81 superb microvascular imaging examinations with an Aplio 300 ultrasound system (Toshiba Medical Systems, Tokyo, Japan) were enrolled in this study...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
PURPOSE: As reimbursement programs shift to value-based payment models emphasizing quality and efficient healthcare delivery, there exists a need to better understand process management to unearth true costs of patient care. We sought to identify cost-reduction opportunities in simple appendicitis management by applying a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) methodology to this high-volume surgical condition. METHODS: Process maps were created using medical record time stamps...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Christine Keller, Nancy E Wang, Daniel L Imler, Shreyas S Vasanawala, Matias Bruzoni, James V Quinn
BACKGROUND: Ionizing radiation and cost make ultrasound (US), when available, the first imaging study for the diagnosis of suspected pediatric appendicitis. US is less sensitive and specific than computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, which are often performed after nondiagnostic US. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine predictors of nondiagnostic US in order to guide efficient ordering of imaging studies. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of consecutive patients 4 to 30 years of age with suspected appendicitis took place at an emergency department with access to 24/7 US, MRI, and CT capabilities...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
K Tinsley Anderson, Susan Greenfield, Luke R Putnam, Emma Hamilton, Akemi Kawaguchi, Mary T Austin, Lillian S Kao, Susan D John, Kevin P Lally, KuoJen Tsao
BACKGROUND: A pediatric computed tomography (CT) radiation dose reduction program was implemented throughout our children's associated hospital system in 2010. We hypothesized that the CT dose received for evaluation of appendicitis in children would be significantly higher among the 40 referral, nonmember hospitals (NMH) than the 9 member hospitals (MH). METHODS: Preoperative CTs of pediatric (<18years) appendectomy patients between April 2012 and April 2015 were reviewed...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Keisuke Jimbo, Masahiro Takeda, Eri Miyata, Hiroshi Murakami, Reiko Kyodo, Hideki Orikasa, Geoffrey J Lane, Toshiaki Shimizu, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether acute non-perforated appendicitis (ANPA) can be safely triaged by a pediatrician for conservative management (CM) using gray-scale ultrasonography with power Doppler (GSPD). METHOD: Seventy five cases of ANPA assessed by a pediatrician with GSPD (2013-2015) were reviewed. GSPD grading for ANPA was: I: slightly irregular wall/normal blood flow; II: irregular wall/increased blood flow; III: irregular wall/decreased blood flow; and IV: absence of wall/blood flow...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kristin N Partain, Adarsh U Patel, Curtis Travers, Courtney McCracken, Jonathan Loewen, Kiery Braithwaite, Kurt F Heiss, Mehul V Raval
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September 2016: American Surgeon
Joyce Li, Stephanie Pryor, Ben Choi, Chris A Rees, Mamata V Senthil, Nicholas Tsarouhas, Sage R Myers, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the reasons for pediatric emergency department (ED) transfers and the professional characteristics of transferring providers. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, cross-sectional survey of ED medical providers transferring patients younger than 18 years to 1 of 4 tertiary care children's hospitals. Referring providers completed surveys detailing the primary reasons for transfer and their medical training. RESULTS: The survey data were collected for 25 months, during which 641 medical providers completed 890 surveys, with an overall response rate of 25%...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Zhongbo Yang, Magda Esebua, Lester Layfield
Fifteen percent to 25% of appendices resected for a preoperative diagnosis of acute appendicitis have no neutrophilic infiltration, thus histologically "normal." The discrepancy between clinical presentation and the lack of definite morphologic changes is confounding. It has been indicated that mast cells may play a role in the pathogenesis of the appendicitis-like pain in patients with histologically negative appendices (HNAs). To investigate whether mast cell density (MCD) is increased in pediatric HNAs, we retrieved 50 appendectomy cases (30 HNA and 20 control, ages 2 days-18 years) in our institute in the last 10 years...
October 2016: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
G Podevin, P De Vries, H Lardy, C Garignon, T Petit, O Azzis, J MCheik, J C Roze
GOAL: To evaluate physician compliance with use of a diagnostic algorithm for appendicitis in children. Our secondary objective was to determine the impact of the algorithm on diagnostic accuracy and morbidity. METHODS: We conducted a clustered randomized trial in eight centers. A total of 866 patients were included and, depending on the period of randomization at particular centers, 543 patients were managed before the formal institution of the diagnostic algorithm; their diagnostic management was compared to that of the subsequent 323 patients...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Visceral Surgery
Laura N Medford-Davis, Rohan Shah, Danielle Kennedy, Emilie Becker
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to determine characteristics associated with potentially preventable pediatric admissions as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. METHODS: The Texas Inpatient Public Use Data File, an administrative database of hospital admissions, identified 747 040 pediatric admissions ages 0 to 17 years to acute care facilities between 2005 and 2008. Potentially preventable admissions included 5 diagnoses: asthma, perforated appendicitis, diabetes, gastroenteritis, and urinary tract infection...
October 2016: Hospital Pediatrics
Muhsin Nuh Aybay, Seyit Erol, Hasan Emin Kaya, Ibrahim Guler
BACKGROUND: Appendix invagination is a rare cause of right lower quadrant abdominal pain. Clinical findings are not specific and can mimic a wide range of diseases. CASE REPORT: An 8-year-old girl was admitted with abdominal pain lasting for 2 weeks. Clinical and radiologic findings suggested ileocecal intussusception initially. A failed hydrostatic reduction attempt and subsequent abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography studies showed that the underlying pathology was invagination of the vermiform appendix...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Anna Maria Caruso, Alessandro Pane, Roberto Garau, Pietro Atzori, Marcello Podda, Alessandra Casuccio, Luigi Mascia
PURPOSE: An accurate diagnosis of acute appendicitis is important to avoid severe outcome or unnecessary surgery but management is controversial. The aim of study was to evaluate, in younger and older children, the efficacy of conservative management for uncomplicated appendicitis and the outcome of complicated forms underwent early surgery. METHODS: Children with acute appendicitis were investigated by clinical, laboratory variables and abdominal ultrasound and divided in two groups: complicated and uncomplicated...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ijab Khanafer, Dori-Ann Martin, Tatum P Mitra, Robin Eccles, Mary E Brindle, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Graham C Thompson
BACKGROUND: Despite the poor independent test characteristics of the white blood cell count (WBC) and neutrophil count (NC) in identifying appendicitis, common clinical decision supports including the Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Alvarado Score (AS), require the WBC and NC values. Moreover, blood tests cause discomfort/pain to children and require time for processing results. Scores based on clinical information alone may be of benefit in the pediatric population. The objective of our study was to determine the test characteristics of the PAS and the AS with and without laboratory investigations (mPAS, mAS respectively) as well as the Lintula Score...
2016: BMC Pediatrics
Heather I Gale, Michael S Gee, Sjirk J Westra, Katherine Nimkin
Ultrasound is an invaluable imaging modality in the evaluation of pediatric gastrointestinal pathology; it can provide real-time evaluation of the bowel without the need for sedation or intravenous contrast. Recent improvements in ultrasound technique can be utilized to improve detection of bowel pathology in children: Higher resolution probes, color Doppler, harmonic and panoramic imaging are excellent tools in this setting. Graded compression and cine clips provide dynamic information and oral and intravenous contrast agents aid in detection of bowel wall pathology...
July 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Katherine W Gonzalez, Brian G Dalton, Brendan Kurtz, Michael C Keirsey, Tolulope A Oyetunji, Shawn D St Peter
BACKGROUND: Wound classification has catapulted to the forefront of surgical literature and quality care discussions. However, it has not been validated in laparoscopy or children. We analyzed pediatric infection rates based on wound classification and reviewed the most common noninfectious complications which could be a more appropriate measure for quality assessment. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 800 patients from 2011 to 2014 undergoing common procedures at a tertiary pediatric hospital...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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