JAMA Pediatrics, June 19th:
Question In children diagnosed with appendicitis, does delay in appendectomy within 24 hours of hospital presentation increase the risk of complicated appendicitis or adverse events?
Findings In this retrospective cohort study of 2429 patients from 23 children’s hospitals, delay of appendectomy within 24 hours of presentation was not associated with increased risk of complicated disease or postoperative complications.
Meaning These results support the premise that appendectomy can be performed as an urgent rather than emergency procedure.
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