A comparison of surgical impression, histological findings and microbiological results at open appendicectomy

  • Colleran G
  • Heneghan H
  • Sweeney K
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Abstract

There is no accurate predictor of complications following open appendicectomy. Surgical impression, histological findings and peritoneal culture swabs have been used. The value of peritoneal culture swab was assessed in this study. All patients undergoing open appendicectomy between January 2003 and December 2005 were included in the study. During the 24-month period, 952 patients underwent open appendicectomy. Peritoneal culture swabs were taken from 309 patients (32%). There was a significant difference in the mean postoperative length of stay +/- SEM between those with a positive culture (7 days +/- 0.6), those with a sterile culture result (3.7 days +/- 0.2) and those on whom a culture swab was not taken (4.9 days +/- 0.3); p

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