New test for appendicitis in children

June 23, 2009 Emergency rooms could use the test to prevent unnecessary surgery or increase the chance of removing the appendix before it bursts. According to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the test is very accurate.

Appendicitis is the most common childhood surgical emergency. CT scans have been helpful in getting a diagnosis, but some doctors are reluctant to use them because of concerns the radiation might trigger cancer later in life.

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