Objectives: To assess the routine use of diagnostic laparoscopy and laparoscopic appendicectomy in women with a clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Methods: Women who presented with a clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis between 1 January 1992 and 31 August 1993 were prospectively assessed and 107 underwent diagnostic laparoscopy. Results: Appendicitis was confirmed in 63 women (59%) and no diagnosis could be made in seven (6%). An alternative diagnosis, most commonly a gynaecological disorder, was made in 37 women (35%). Twenty-eight women with an alternative diagnosis (76%) did not require a laparotomy. Seventy-three patients had a laparoscopic appendicectomy, with an 8% conversion rate to an open operation. The morbidity rate for laparoscopic procedures was 3%, the median inpatient stay was two days and the median time to return to normal activities was eight days. Conclusions: Diagnostic laparoscopy should be performed in women who present with a clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis to confirm the diagnosis, reduce the rate of unnecessary appendicectomy and avoid an unnecessary laparotomy. When acute appendicitis is confirmed, appendicectomy may be performed laparoscopically.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 1995|