Appendectomies are the most common surgical procedures performed worldwide. A model based on the findings of a clinical tool called computed tomography can be used to predict the severity of acute appendicitis, according to a new study.
Researchers examined 105 patients, between ages 15 and 89 who underwent an appendectomy within three days of an abdominal CT. Results of the CT were compared with the actual severity of acute appendicitis. The study showed CT, which uses various measurements to predict the severity of acute appendicitis, gave results matching the actual condition of the appendix in acute appendicitis.
Results of the findings were used to construct a model that could, along with additional CT measurements, help determine the best course of treatment in patients strongly suspected of having acute appendicitis.