Appendicectomy for Appendicular Mass
Keywords:Appendicitis, mass, appendicectomy
Patients of appendicular mass presenting over a period of one year in a surgical unit of Mayo hospital were studied. Those who were fit for anaesthesia were operated and the outcome of the surgery was analysed. Out of the fifty patients studied there were 31 males and 19 females. The male to female ratio was 2.2:1. The ages of the patients ranged from 15-56 with mean age as 27.34 years. The average duration of appendicular mass was 4.38 days (2-7 days). The hospital stay was 3.7 days (2-7) days. Regarding major complications wound infection was seen ¡n 7(14 %), which seems comparable to that of routine appendicectomy. We recommend exploration of appendicular mass in all the cases because it cuts short the hospital stay, cures the disease and carries no extra morbidity as has been considered in the past.
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