Appendicitis is the most common condition in children requiring emergency abdominal surgery. Delayed or missed diagnosis in young children is common and is associated with increased rates of perforation. Although several scoring systems have been developed, there is still no consensus on clinical, laboratory, and imaging criteria for diagnosing appendicitis.
The dangers associated with misdiagnosis, delay, and perforation make quick and accurate diagnosis of appendicitis essential. This flowchart provides guidance for the management of children with appendicitis
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Last Updated on October 15, 2021