How accurate is the diagnosis of acute appendicitis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The overall accuracy for diagnosing acute appendicitis is approximately 80%, which corresponds to a mean negative appendectomy rate of 20%. Diagnostic accuracy varies by sex, with a range of 78-92% in male patients and 58-85% in female patients.


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