Navigation Links
CT Scans Reduce Unneeded Appendectomies in Women
Date:1/28/2010

Procedure helps avoid misdiagnosis in those under 45

THURSDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Using computed tomography (CT) scans to assess younger women with suspected acute appendicitis may help reduce unnecessary surgeries, a new study shows.

"We found that rising utilization of CT over the past decade, along with advances in CT technology, coincided with a significant decrease in negative appendectomies among women 45 years and younger," Dr. Courtney A. Coursey, a radiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, said in a news release. She co-wrote the study while a radiology fellow at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Coursey and colleagues reviewed the medical records of 925 patients who underwent urgent appendectomy at Duke between January 1998 and September 2007. Over that time, the number of patients who had preoperative CT increased, from 18.5 percent to 93.2 percent.

This increased use of preoperative CT coincided with a decrease in the rate of negative (unnecessary) appendectomies among women aged 45 or younger -- from 42.9 percent in 1998 to 7.1 percent in 2007.

However, increased preoperative CT use didn't lead to a lower negative appendectomy rate in men or in women older than 45. This may be because these groups already had low unnecessary appendectomy rates compared to women younger than 45, whose rates of negative appendectomy are generally higher because of gynecologic factors that can make it difficult to diagnose appendicitis. For example, ovarian cysts can cause lower abdominal pain that's similar to appendicitis.

"CT is a very useful test for women 45 years and younger based on the overall trends we observed during the 10-year period," Coursey said.

The study appears in the February issue of Radiology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about appendicitis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America, news release, Jan. 26, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Brain Scans Reveal Video Gamers Secrets
2. PET Scans May Help Diagnose Movement Disorders
3. Combo PET-CT Scans Can Spot Hidden Cancers
4. Patient Factors Mar Accuracy of Multi-Detector CT Scans
5. Patients With Pacemakers Should Avoid MRI Scans
6. Studies Quantify Cancer Risks From CT Scans
7. Simple blood test could reduce repeat breast MRI scans in premenopausal women with irregular periods
8. Radiation From Medical Scans Soaring
9. CT Scans Surpass X-Rays for Swine Flu: Study
10. CT scans better than X-rays when detecting abnormalities in patients with H1N1 virus
11. Not All Kids With Head Injuries Need Brain Scans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Hernandez Insurance Agencies, ... communities throughout the greater DC region, is inaugurating a “New Leash On Life” ... animals and training them to be companions for veterans in need. , The ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... 18, 2017 , ... Moore Insurance, a Houston area agency ... is launching a regional charity effort to provide publicity assistance and generate donations ... Tumor Foundation (PBTF) has raised nearly $30 million in donations that has been ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Brian Gifford Agency, an Indiana-based firm providing ... support of Campagna Academy in a charity drive to provide for at-risk children and ... Indiana,” Campagna Academy is a nonprofit organization that has offered critical programs to at-risk ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Golseth Agency, a Texas based insurance ... is spearheading a regional charity campaign organized to provide support to Christina Upchurch and ... this year, Christina and her children returned from out of town to find her ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... of highly trained practitioners specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and integrative medicine, ... hormone imbalance and conditions of aging, such as menopause, andropause, thyroid disorder and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/28/2017)... , July 28, 2017 EnvoyHealth, a Diplomat company, ... a program for CleverCap LITE, a technology designed to ... to deliver innovative health technology solutions and services that ... CleverCap LITE offers medication monitoring ... bottle cover: Records ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... -- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST ) ... and updated financial guidance for the full-year 2017. ... Reported net sales of $397.6 million, a ... sales at constant currency (organic) grew by 3.9%. ... to $0.60 in the prior-year quarter. Second-quarter 2017 adjusted ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: