Chapter 37. Acute Appendicitis

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. James A. Nelson MD Assistant Clinical Professor and
  2. Stephen R. Hayden MD Residency Director

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch37

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Nelson, J. A. and Hayden, S. R. (2008) Acute Appendicitis, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch37

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • genitourinary and abdominal;
  • acute appendicitis;
  • Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews (CDSR) and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE);
  • MEDLINE and EMBASE: appendicitis AND antibiotics - appendectomy AND delay;
  • commonly used parameters - white blood cell (WBC) count, neutrophil percentage and C-reactive protein (CRP);
  • MEDLINE (PubMed) and EMBASE - appendicitis AND CT AND sensitivity and specificity;
  • appendicitis - diagnostic challenges for emergency physicians


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References