New test for appendicitis in children

June 23, 2009 1:56:58 PM PDT
Appendicitis can be difficult to diagnose in children. But researchers are now working on a simple urine test to pinpoint a protein in urine which might be a tell tale sign of the condition. 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.