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22 September 2010

Delayed Appendicitis Surgery Not Linked to Worse Outcomes

Operating time and hospital stays slightly longer, but differences not clinically significant, study finds

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Operation times were slightly longer for patients who waited more than 12 hours for their surgery: 55 minutes compared with 50 minutes for those who had their surgery within six to 12 hours, and 51 minutes for those who had surgery within six hours. These differences were not clinically meaningful, Dr. Angela M. Ingraham, of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago, and colleagues noted in the report.

 
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