Appendicitis: CT vs straight-to-surgery

A study suggests skipping the CT scan altogether in clear-cut cases:

Pre-operative CT is not necessary in cases with straightforward signs and symptoms of appendicitis, the investigator advised. “If, after a thorough physical examination, the diagnosis is still in question, then patients should be scanned.” These patients tend to be older, female and have symptoms that are not typical for acute appendicitis.

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