Excellent performance of CT for diagnosing appendicitis

In this large single center prospective evaluation of patients with suspected appendicitis, 24% were confirmed. CT has very good diagnostic performance, with PPV and NPV of 94% and 100% respectively. The CT also provided an alternative diagnosis in 42% of cases. CT is appropriately becoming the standard of care diagnostic test for patients with suspected appendicitis (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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