oa South African Medical Journal - Appendicectomy : a survey of 200 cases

Volume 27, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Two hundred unselected cases of appendicectomy are analysed with regard to age groups, sex, racial incidence and the preoperative and histological diagnoses. A high percentage of these cases was found to have normal appendices histologically. It is stressed that full investigation in cases of suspected acute or chronic appendicitis is essential before operating, but that even then the correct preoperative diagnosis may be extremely difficult and in many cases the symptomatology remains unexplained.

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