Management of complicated appendicitis in the pediatric population: When surgery doesn't cut it

Parag Amin, Danny Cheng

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Abstract

The management of complicated appendicitis in children has evolved significantly over the last century. What initially was a surgeon's dilemma is becoming the interventional radiologist's task because image-guided percutaneous drainage of abscesses from a ruptured appendix obviates the need for urgent surgery and allows for selective interval appendectomy at the surgeon's discretion (versus conservative nonoperative management in selected cases). This paradigm shift places the onus on the interventional radiologist to recognize when the procedure is emergently indicated and to be cognizant of the special needs of a pediatric patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Interventional Radiology
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abscess drainage
  • appendiceal abscess
  • appendicitis
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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