What is the US prevalence of pediatric appendicitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Adam C Alder, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Appendicitis has an incidence of 70,000 pediatric cases per year in the United States. The incidence between birth and age 4 years is 1-2 cases per 10,000 children per year. The incidence increases to 25 cases per 10,000 children per year between 10 and 17 years of age. Overall, 7% of people in the United States have their appendix removed during their lifetime. The male-to-female ratio is approximately 2:1.


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