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The diagnosis of appendicitis is time-sensitive and delays increase the risk of morbidity and mortality through complications, including perforation, gangrene, and abscess formation. Nearly all cases of appendicitis are diagnosed in and admitted through the emergency department (ED). Therefore, improvements in the time to diagnosis of acute appendicitis in the ED may improve patient outcomes. However, it currently remains unclear what factors contribute to prolonged diagnostic times of appendicitis. This study aimed to determine if demographic, environmental, or provider-related factors result in delays in the diagnosis of adult acute appendicitis in the ED.
Prewitt NW, Todd BR. Risk factors affecting delayed diagnosis of adult acute appendicitis. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2022 May 2; Rochester Hills, MI.