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Authors Tirabassi MV, Tashjian DB, Moriarty KP, Konefal SH, Courtney RA, Sachs BF
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Journal JSLS Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Pages: 147-9
Publish Date 2004 Apr-Jun
PubMed ID 15119659
PMC ID 3015536

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of laparoscopy in children with perforated appendicitis.This is a retrospective review of consecutive patients under the age of 18, operated on for perforated appendicitis between September 1997 and December 1999.Sixty-nine patients were operated on for perforated appendicitis. Eleven appendectomies were performed laparoscopically. Fifty-four patients underwent an open appendectomy. Four laparoscopic appendectomies were converted to an open procedure. The mean operative time was 79 minutes for the laparoscopic group, and 87 minutes for the open group. The mean length of hospital stay was 5.4 days versus 7.6 days for the laparoscopic and open groups, respectively. Neither of these differences was statistically significant.The above data support the use of laparoscopy in the management of perforated appendicitis in children. In conclusion, laparoscopy is as safe as open appendectomy. Laparoscopy is an effective alternative with a shorter length of hospital stay compared with that for an open appendectomy for perforated appendicitis in children.

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