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Postappendectomy fluid collections in children: incidence, nature, and evolution evaluated using US






Radiology 161(2): 341-344

Postappendectomy fluid collections in children: incidence, nature, and evolution evaluated using US

At the authors' medical center, most patients with postappendectomy fluid collections are treated conservatively. Thirty-two (15%) of 216 children underwent postoperative sonography following appendectomies. In ten patients (31%), a total of 16 fluid collections were found on the initial postoperative sonogram. In the seven patients (70%) whose fluid collections were confined to the pelvis, the condition was treated conservatively and it resolved in 2-9 weeks. In three patients, fluid collections required surgical drainage and proved to be abscesses. In two of the three patients, abscesses were multiple and widely distributed in the abdomen, and the patients were clinically ill. The authors conclude that clinically symptomatic fluid collections develop postoperatively in approximately 5% of children who have undergone appendectomy for acute appendicitis and that the size and course of the fluid collection can be objectively monitored using sonography. Such fluid collections confined to the pelvis ultimately resolve with conservative, nonoperative therapy, although resolution may take up to 2 months.

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Accession: 041017451

PMID: 3532186

DOI: 10.1148/radiology.161.2.3532186



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