What is the incidence of appendicitis in patients older than 60 years?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Appendicitis in patients older than 60 years accounts for 10% of all appendectomies. The incidence of misdiagnosis is increased in elderly patients.

Older patients tend to seek medical attention later in the course of illness; therefore, a duration of symptoms in excess of 24-48 hours should not dissuade the clinician from the diagnosis. In patients with comorbid conditions, diagnostic delay is correlated with increased morbidity and mortality.


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