What are the clinical stages of pediatric appendicitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Adam C Alder, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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The clinical staging of appendicitis has important implications in the postoperative treatment of the child. Although somewhat subjective at the time of surgery, appendicitis may be divided into 3 broad categories: acute (nongangrenous), suppurative or gangrenous (nonperforated), and perforated. Perforated appendicitis can be divided further into cases with diffuse or with localized peritonitis.


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