The negative appendicectomy rate in Zaria, Nigeria

  • J G Makama Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
  • S A Ahmed Department of pathology Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
  • E S Garba Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
  • L Khalid Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
  • K Abdullahi Department of pathology Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Keywords: Appendectomy, Negative, Rate, Zaria

Abstract

Appendicitis 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.

Author Biographies

J G Makama, Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Department of Surgery Consultant (General Surgery)
S A Ahmed, Department of pathology Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Pathology Department/lecturer/consultant
E S Garba, Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Department of surgery/reader/consultant
L Khalid, Department of Surgery A B U Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Department of surgery/senior lectuer/consultant
K Abdullahi, Department of pathology Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Nigeria
Department of pathology/lecturer II
Published
2010-06-24
How to Cite
Makama, J., Ahmed, S., Garba, E., Khalid, L., & Abdullahi, K. (2010). The negative appendicectomy rate in Zaria, Nigeria. South African Journal of Surgery, 48(2), 71. https://doi.org/10.7196/sajs.574
Section
Letters to the Editor