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RMJ. 2005; 30(2): 51-52

Appendicitis: a Diagnostic Dilemma

Muhammad Iqbal.


Appendicitis is a common illness requiring urgent surgical intervention. The classical signs of acute appendicitis were first reported by Fitz in 1886.1,2 Decision making in acute appendicitis may be difficult due to the generous overlap of clinical manifestation with other clinical syndromes resulting in diagnostic delay. Although there has been some improvement in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis over the past several decades, the percentage of normal appendices removed in different series varies from 8 to 33%.3-5Approximately 6% of the population will suffer from acute appendicitis during their life time; therefore, much effort has been directed toward early diagnosis and intervention.6

Key words: Appedicitis, peritonitis, laparoscopy.

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