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Acute appendicitis: Leaving normal looking appendices

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:652
  1. Faheez Mohamed, specialist registrar, general surgery (,
  2. Kevin K Khoo, clinical research fellow
  1. University Hospital of North Durham, Durham DH1 5TW
  2. Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9JJ

    EDITOR—In their clinical review of acute appendicitis Humes and Simpson point out that complications can occur after removal of a normal appendix.1 To decrease the rate of negative appendicectomies, the use of diagnostic laparoscopy followed by either laparoscopic or open appendicectomy may be beneficial. Diagnostic laparoscopy allows the doctor to leave a normal …

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