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Experimental Urine Test Spots Appendicitis
Date:6/23/2009

lop a rapid clinical test, such as a urine dipstick, that could be widely used to identify children and adults with appendicitis.

This test could diagnose appendicitis in 30 minutes and result in fewer unnecessary surgeries, Steen said.

But first, the test has to be tried in a larger group of patients, Steen said. In addition, they want to test the findings in adults.

"We have to show the test works in adults," Steen said. "We also have to do a much larger study so we can do proper statistics."

Dr. Marshall Morgan, chief of emergency medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, said he thinks this preliminary study could result in a better way to diagnose appendicitis in the future.

"This is interesting, even exciting, in that it describes a new approach to a difficult and common diagnostic problem," Morgan said. "On the other hand, this is early work which is not nearly ready for clinical application at this point."

More information

For more information on appendicitis, visit the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.



SOURCES: Hanno Steen, Ph.D., director, Proteomics Center, Children's Hospital Boston; Marshall Morgan, M.D., director, emergency medicine, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; June 23, 2009, Annals of Emergency Medicine, online


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