Surgery

Pediatric Appendicitis – Is Non-Op Management Safe?

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Nonoperative management (NOM) for uncomplicated appendicitis has become more common over the past 10 years in the pediatric population. Although many children do well, those who have recurrences have higher rates of surgical complications and hospitalizations.

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Nonoperative Management of Uncomplicated Appendicitis. Pediatrics. 2022 Apr 18;e2021054693. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-054693. Online ahead of print.

Clear as Mud – Is Your Management of Diverticulitis Evidence-Based?

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There are few studies that address the overall diagnosis and management of acute left sided colonic diverticulitis; many, over the past 3 decades, have poor strength of evidence or are largely inconclusive.

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Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Management of Acute Left-Sided Colonic Diverticulitis : A Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2022 Mar;175(3):379-387. doi: 10.7326/M21-1645. Epub 2022 Jan 18.

Can You Spot a Ruptured AAA? Accuracy of Symptoms, Signs, CTA, and POCUS

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Symptoms and signs of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) are frustratingly insensitive. CTA is essential and is accurate. POCUS can accurately tell you a AAA is present but is not meant to diagnose rupture.

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Accuracy of Presenting Symptoms, Physical Examination, and Imaging for Diagnosis of Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm -Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Feb 27. doi: 10.1111/acem.14475. Online ahead of print.

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