New technique to improve appendicitis diagnosis for kids developed


New York: Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new paediatric appendicitis risk calculator (pARC) that may help to calculate a specific risk for appendicitis in kids.

With this new method, clinicians will be able to provide tailored medical and surgical guidance to a patient, the researchers said.

“This method is of great benefit to our patients and the health care system overall,” said Anupam Kharbanda, Co-Principal Investigator and Chief of Critical Care Services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

“In addition to being able to target our care specifically to each patient, we’re also reducing the use of unnecessary medical tests and expenses. We’re thrilled to have developed a new way to standardise care for children and adolescents with abdominal pain,” Kharbanda added.

Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons children visit the emergency department and appendicitis is the most frequent surgical emergency in paediatrics.

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