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1 Acute Appendicitis

2 Epidemiology The incidence of appendectomy appears to be declining due to more accurate preoperative diagnosis. Despite newer imaging techniques, acute appendicitis can be very difficult to diagnose.

3 Appendicitis: The most common surgical condition of the abdomen Lifetime occurrence of 7% Peak incidence 10-30y The most common nonobstetric surgical intervention during pregnancy

4 Pathogenesis: Appendiceal lumen obstruction : lymphoid hyperplasia fecaliths parasites foreign bodies crohn’s disease metastatic cancer carcinoid syndrome

5 Pathophysiology Acute appendicitis is thought to begin with obstruction of the lumen Obstruction can result from food matter, adhesions, or lymphoid hyperplasia Mucosal secretions continue to increase intraluminal pressure

6 Pathophysiology Eventually the pressure exceeds capillary perfusion pressure and venous and lymphatic drainage are obstructed. With vascular compromise, epithelial mucosa breaks down and bacterial invasion by bowel flora occurs.

7 Pathophysiology Increased pressure also leads to arterial stasis and tissue infarction End result is perforation and spillage of infected appendiceal contents into the peritoneum

8 Pathophysiology Initial luminal distention triggers visceral afferent pain fibers, which enter at the 10 th thoracic vertebral level. This pain is generally vague and poorly localized. Pain is typically felt in the periumbilical or epigastric area.

9 Pathophysiology As inflammation continues, the serosa and adjacent structures become inflamed This triggers somatic pain fibers, innervating the peritoneal structures. Typically causing pain in the RLQ

10 Pathophysiology The change in stimulation form visceral to somatic pain fibers explains the classic migration of pain in the periumbilical area to the RLQ seen with acute appendicitis.

11 Pathophysiology Exceptions exist in the classic presentation due to anatomic variability of the appendix Appendix can be retrocecal causing the pain to localize to the right flank In pregnancy, the appendix ca be shifted and patients can present with RUQ pain

12 Pathophysiology In some males, retroileal appendicitis can irritate the ureter and cause testicular pain. Pelvic appendix may irritate the bladder or rectum causing suprapubic pain, pain with urination, or feeling the need to defecate Multiple anatomic variations explain the difficulty in diagnosing appendicitis

13 symptoms : Pain – RLQ / RUQ / Flank Anorexia Vomiting Nausea Pain migration Fever

14 Physical examination: Tenderness – RLQ Rebound & Guarding (peritoneal signs) Rovsing sign Dunphy’s sign Psoas sign (retroperitoneal retrocecal appendix) Obturator sign (pelvic appendix) Rectal examination tenderness (cul-de-sac) Low grade fever

15 Psoas sign Obturator sign

16 History Primary symptom: abdominal pain ½ to 2/3 of patients have the classical presentation Pain beginning in epigastrium or periumbilical area that is vague and hard to localize

17 History Associated symptoms: indigestion, discomfort, flatus, need to defecate, anorexia, nausea, vomiting As the illness progresses RLQ localization typically occurs RLQ pain was 81 % sensitive and 53% specific for diagnosis

18 History Migration of pain from initial periumbilical to RLQ was 64% sensitive and 82% specific Anorexia is the most common of associated symptoms Vomiting is more variable, occuring in about ½ of patients

19 Physical Exam Findings depend on duration of illness prior to exam. Early on patients may not have localized tenderness With progression there is tenderness to deep palpation over McBurney’s point

20 Physical Exam McBurney’s Point: just below the middle of a line connecting the umbilicus and the ASIS Rovsing’s: pain in RLQ with palpation to LLQ Rectal exam: pain can be most pronounced if the patient has pelvic appendix

21 Physical Exam Additional components that may be helpful in diagnosis: rebound tenderness, voluntary guarding, muscular rigidity, tenderness on rectal

22 Physical Exam Psoas sign: place patient in L lateral decubitus and extend R leg at the hip. If there is pain with this movement, then the sign is positive. Obturator sign: passively flex the R hip and knee and internally rotate the hip. If there is increased pain then the sign is positive

23 Physical Exam Fever: another late finding. At the onset of pain fever is usually not found. Temperatures >39 C are uncommon in first 24 h, but not uncommon after rupture

24 Lab: CBC – WBC ( 80%  45% ) CRP Urinalysis - mild pyuria mild proteinuria mild hematuria

25 D.D.: surgical: gyneco: Renal stone Gastroenteritis Pancreatitis Cholecystitis Mesenteric adenitis Hernia Bowel obstruction Preterm labor Placenta abruptio Chorioamnionitis Adnexal torsion Ectopic pregnancy Pelvic inflammatory Round lig. pain

26 Diagnostic problems: Position of appendix: normally 70% intraperitoneal 30% pelvic, retroileal, retrocolic pregnancy – anatomical changes gravid uterus  displacement upward & outward  flank pain (3 rd trimester) (Baer,1932) increased separation of peritoneum  decreased perception of somatic pain and localization

27 Diagnostic problems: Symptoms complex – physical changes anorexia, nausea & vomiting in normal pregnancy Lab – relative leukocytosis Imaging techniques

28 Diagnosis Acute appendicitis should be suspected in anyone with epigastric, periumbilical, right flank, or right sided abd pain who has not had an appendectomy

29 Diagnosis Women of child bearing age need a pelvic exam and a pregnancy test. Additional studies: CBC, UA, imaging studies

30 Diagnosis CBC: the WBC is of limited value. Sensitivity of an elevated WBC is 70-90%, but specificity is very low. But, +predictive value of high WBC is 92% and –predictive value is 50% CRP and ESR have been studied with mixed results

31 Diagnosis UA: abnormal UA results are found in 19-40% Abnormalities include: pyuria, hematuria, bacteruria Presence of >20 wbc per field should increase consideration of Urinary tract pathology

32 Imaging: KUB Barium enema Graded compression ultrasonography Helical CT scan

33 Diagnosis Imaging studies: include X-rays, US, CT Xrays of abd are abnormal in 24-95% Abnormal findings include: fecalith, appendiceal gas, localized paralytic ileus, blurred right psoas, and free air Abdominal xrays have limited use b/c the findings are seen in multiple other processes

34 Graded compression ultrasound: Normal appendix (<6mm) rules out appendicitis. Nonpregnant – Sensitivity 85% specificity 92% Pregnant – cecal displacement & uterine imposition makes precise examination difficult (Williams,21 edition)

35 Diagnosis Graded Compression US: reported sensitivity 94.7% and specificity 88.9% Basis of this technique is that normal bowel and appendix can be compressed whereas an inflamed appendix can not be compressed DX: noncompressible >6mm appendix, appendicolith, periappendiceal abscess

36 Diagnosis Limitations of US: retrocecal appendix may not be visualized, perforations may be missed due to return to normal diameter

37 Diagnosis CT: best choice based on availability and alternative diagnoses. In one study, CT had greater sensitivity, accuracy, -predictive value Even if appendix is not visualized, diagnose can be made with localized fat stranding in RLQ.

38 Diagnosis CT appears to change management decisions and decreases unnecessary appendectomies in women, but it is not as useful for changing management in men.

39 Special Populations Very young, very old, pregnant, and HIV patients present atypically and often have delayed diagnosis High index of suspicion is needed in the these groups to get an accurate diagnosis

40 Treatment Appendectomy is the standard of care Patients should be NPO, given IVF, and preoperative antibiotics Antibiotics are most effective when given preoperatively and they decrease post-op infections and abscess formation

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46 Treatment There are multiple acceptable antibiotics to use as long there is anaerobic flora, enterococci and gram(-) intestinal flora coverage One sample monotherapy regimen is Zosyn 3.375g or Unasyn 3g Also, short acting narcotics should be used for pain management

47 Disposition Abdominal pain patients can be put in 4 groups Group 1: classic presentation for Acute appendicitis- prompt surgical intervention Group 2: suspicious, but not diagnosed appendicitis- benefit from imaging and 4-6h observation with surgical consult if serial exam changes or imaging studies confirm

48 Disposition Group 3: remote possibility of appendicitis- observe in ED for serial exams; if no change and course remains benign patient can D/C with dx of nonspecific abd pain Patients are given instructions to return if worsening of symptoms, and they should be seen by PCP in h Also advised to avoid strong analgesia

49 Disposition Group 4: high risk population(including elderly, pediatric, pregnant and immunocomprimised)- require high index of suspicion and low threshold for imaging and surgical consultation

50 Prognosis: Generally good : Disease found Surgery complications

51 The end


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