n SA Journal of Radiology - Imaging of appendicitis : pictorial essay




Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain requiring surgery. Early diagnosis and management are essential to reduce morbidity and mortality. Imaging is valuable in the diagnosis of cases that are clinically atypical. Imaging also allows evaluation of the complications of appendicitis, which include perforation, peri-appendiceal abscess formation and portal pyaemia. In certain circumstances, conservative treatment of complicated appendicitis with percutaneous drainage is appropriate.


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