Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Acute Appendicitis: Trends in Surgical Treatment—A Population-Based Study of Over 800 000 Patients.

BACKGROUND: Appendectomy is the gold standard for treatment of acute appendicitis. However, recent studies favor primary antibiotic therapy. The aim of this observational study was to explore changes in the numbers of operations for acute appendicitis in the period 2010-2017, paying special attention to disease severity.

METHODS: Data from diagnosis-related group statistics were used to analyze the trends, mortality, and complication rates in the surgical treatment of appendicitis in Germany between 2010 and 2017. All cases of appendectomy after a diagnosis of appendicitis were included.

RESULTS: Altogether, 865 688 inpatient cases were analyzed. The number of appendectomies went down by 9,8%, from 113 614 in 2010 to 102 464 in 2017, while the incidence fell from 139/100 000 in 2010 to 123/100 000 in 2017 (standardized by age group). This decrease is due to the lower number of operations for uncomplicated appendicitis (79 906 in 2017 versus 93 135 in 2010). Hospital mortality decreased both in patients who underwent surgical treatment of complicated appendicitis (0.62% in 2010 versus 0.42% in 2017) and in those with a complicated clinical course (5.4% in 2010 versus 3.4% in 2017).

CONCLUSION: Decisions on the treatment of acute appendicitis in German hospitals follow the current trend towards non-surgical management in selected patients. At the same time, the care of acute appendicitis has improved with regard to overall hospital morbidity and hospital mortality.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app