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Appendicectomy under local anaesthesia

L B Sharma, M Agarwal, L Chaudhary, V K Shukla
European Journal of Surgery, Acta Chirurgica 1999, 165 (11): 1091-2

OBJECTIVE: To analyse our results of appendicetomy under local anaesthesia.

DESIGN: Prospective study.

SETTING: University hospital, India.

SUBJECTS: 165 patients who presented with appendicitis between January 1996 and December 1997.

INTERVENTION AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Appendicectomy after infiltration of local anaesthetic. No patient required general or spinal anaesthesia.

RESULT: Five patients (3%) developed postoperative wound infections. Mean operating time was 20 minutes (range 15-30) and median hospital stay 2 days (range 1-3).

CONCLUSION: Appendicectomy under local anaesthesia is quick, cost-effective and carries little morbidity. It can be safely used for all age groups.

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