Acute appendicitis can be a diagnostic dilemma. The classic triad of leukocytosis, pain at McBurney's point and a history compatible with appendicitis has a diagnostic accuracy rate of only 80 percent. Ultrasonography, combined with this triad, can improve the diagnostic accuracy, decreasing the negative laparotomy rate from 20 percent to less than 10 percent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Family Practice