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Diagnosis of pediatric appendicitis relies on a combination of laboratory results, diagnostic imaging, and clinician judgement. However, the necessity of CT imaging has been questioned given radiation exposure. Therefore, ultrasound imaging has become a useful diagnostic tool, yet its sensitivity in identifying appendicitis is often lower in comparison to CT. This study aims to determine the sensitivity of US imaging for pediatric appendicitis and if differences exist in the diagnosis of appendicitis utilizing both CT and ultrasound or ultrasound alone.
appendicitis, pediatrics, ultrasound
Nierstedt R, Bhuiyan N, Jankowski M, DeSantis L, Bastani A, Jones S. Imaging for suspected pediatric appendicitis: Can ultrasound alone be trusted? Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2022 May 2; Rochester Hills, MI.