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Research Paper | Medicine Science | India | Volume 3 Issue 12, December 2014
Evaluation of Modified Alvarado Score in the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis
Santosh K. Ijeri | Dinesh L. Jadhav
Abstract: Background and Objectives: Acute appendicitis, the most common surgically correctable cause of abdominal pain, the diagnosis of which remains difficult in many instances and is essentially clinical. However a decision to operate based on clinical suspicion alone can lead to removal of a normal appendix in 15-30 % cases. Several diagnostic scoring systems have been devised as an aid to the early diagnosis of acute appendicitis and to reduce the incidence of negative appendicectomy. One such scoring system was described by Alvarado and later modified by Kalan et al. The present study is attempted to evaluate the efficiency of modified Alvarado score in pre-operative diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Methods: An 83 consecutive patients suspected of acute appendicitis who were admitted, investigated and treated were taken for the study. After detailed examination and investigations a modified Alvarado score was applied to these patients. They were assigned in three groups and were treated accordingly Results: The result of the study showed that high score in men (7-9) had a sensitivity of 92 % respectively, where as in females it had sensitivity of 76.4 %. The score (5-6) in men & females had a sensitivity of 60 % and 50 % respectively. Interpretation and Conclusion: The high scores in modified Alvarado score is dependable aid in the early diagnosis of acute appendicitis in men and children but its not true as far as women are concerned. Ultrasonography of abdomen is a useful tool in avoiding negative appendicectomy rates particularly in children.
Keywords: Acute Appendicitis, Modified Alvarado Score, Appendicectomy, Abdomen painAppendix
Edition: Volume 3 Issue 12, December 2014,
Pages: 2477 - 2481
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