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Appendicitis in Elderly - Not a Usual Form of Appendicitis

Arianna Grilli, Sorin Cimpean, Marie Therese Marechal, Benjamin Cadiere, Gloire a Dieu Byabene, Guy-Bernard Cadiere

Abstract: Acute appendicitis tends to have a more complicated course in advanced age, being associated with higher risk of complications. In the elderly population, however, the presentation may be atypical and cause a diagnostic delay, this can be explained by physiological changes in the elderly, such as decreased immune response, bowel function and pain perception. A misdiagnosis occurs in about half of the patients and almost 25% of the patients requires more than 24 hours to receive the correct diagnosis, increasing the risk for perforation which rises to 70% in these subjects. The acute appendicitis must be considered in the differential diagnosis evaluation for abdominal pain in elderly, in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: appendicitis, elderly

Country: Belgium, Subject Area: Medical Science

Pages: 509 - 512

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 8, August 2019

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Arianna Grilli, Sorin Cimpean, Marie Therese Marechal, Benjamin Cadiere, Gloire a Dieu Byabene, Guy-Bernard Cadiere, "Appendicitis in Elderly - Not a Usual Form of Appendicitis", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v8i8/show_abstract.php?id=ART2020229, Volume 8 Issue 8, August 2019, 509 - 512

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