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Incidental appendectomy--yes or no? A retrospective case study and review of the literature.

Authors
  • Snyder, T E
  • Selanders, J R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynecology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
6
Issue
1
Pages
30–37
Identifiers
PMID: 9678145
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The data from the current survey and literature review support incidental removal of the appendix in the young patient (< 35 years old). In patients 35-50 years old the literature is controversial, and the patient's clinical condition and judgment of the operating surgeon should determine whether incidental appendectomy should be performed. However, routine incidental appendectomy cannot be justified in patients greater than age 50.

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