Negative Appendectomy Rate in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman
Journal of Surgery
Volume 1, Issue 3, August 2013, Pages: 43-45
Received: Jul. 29, 2013; Published: Aug. 20, 2013
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Kamran Ahmad Malik, Department of Surgery, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman
Adil Aljarrah, Department of Surgery, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman
Huda Razvi, Student Year 7 College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
Laila Al-Khanbashi, Student Year 7 College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
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Abstract
Diagnosing acute appendicitis remains a challenge even with the presence of multiple diagnostic tools therefore, normal appendices are removed from some patients thought to have acute appendicitis. This is known as the negative appendectomy rate (NAR). The aim of this study was to find the rate of negative appendectomies in our institution among both adults and children and to analyze the characteristics of this group. The study included 654 patients who underwent appendectomies between January 2009 and January 2011 at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, Oman. The final diagnosis was based on histopathological analysis. The NAR was found to be 12.23% for the entire study population and was found to be 17.7% among children. There was no difference in the NAR between males and females. The NAR was higher than what was found in developed countries and further research needs to be conducted to know the reasons behind this relatively high NAR.
Keywords
Negative Appendectomy, Acute Appendicitis
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Kamran Ahmad Malik, Adil Aljarrah, Huda Razvi, Laila Al-Khanbashi, Negative Appendectomy Rate in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman, Journal of Surgery. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2013, pp. 43-45. doi: 10.11648/j.js.20130103.11
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