The negative appendicectomy rate in Zaria, Nigeria
Keywords: Appendectomy, Negative, Rate, Zaria
AbstractAppendicitis is considered the most common cause of an acute abdomen in surgical practice. Many other acute abdominal conditions mimic acute appendicitis. If the appendix is removed in such cases it is histologically normal (negative appendicectomy). The negative appendicectomy rate (NAR) has been reported as about 20% in Zaria, Nigeria. A low NAR indicates good-quality surgical care. At our institution the NAR was 15.6% between 1979 and 1983. We set out to determine whether there has been any change in the NAR, and if so what factors might be responsible for the change.
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