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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 15(5); 2004 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2004;15(5): 388-392.
Incidence of Acute Appendicitis: Agespecific and Sex-specific Analysis
Jeong Han Lee, Tas Ill Moon, Chi Young Lim, Yong Sik Chu, Tae I Ko, Seong Taek Kim, Jin Gun Bae, Ok Jun Kim, Sung Wook Choi, Suk Woo Sohn
1Department of Surgery, Shin Chon Severance Hospital, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Korea.
2Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Korea. morrison71@hanmail.net
3Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Korea.
This retrospective study was performed to investigate epidemiological characteristics in terms of the ageand the sex-specific incidences in patients with perforated or nonperforated appendicitis. METHOD: The study population comprised 314 patients who underwent appendectomies for suspected acute appendicitis between March 2002 and August 2003. This study used the student t-test, the coefficient of correlation, and the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel Chi-square statistics.
The incidence of nonperforated appendicitis was higher. Perforated appendicitis occurred at almost the same incidence in both sexes. However, the incidence of perforated appendicitis was high in small children and the elderly. The statistics of this study proved that the incidence of perforated appendicitis of the elderly was considerable.
We suggest that the elderly need careful examination and rapid evaluation. Also, we suggest that since perforated appendicitis has a long duration of treatment, diagnostic accuracy is needed.
Key words: Appendicitis
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