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Anomalies of the vermiform appendix and prevalence of acute appendicitis in Khartoum


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Author list: Bakheit MA, Warille AA
Publisher: Kenya Medical Association
Publication year: 1999
Journal: East African Medical Journal
Journal name in source: EAST AFRICAN MEDICAL JOURNAL
Volume number: 76
Issue number: 6
Start page: 338
End page: 340
Number of pages: 3
ISSN: 0012-835X
Web of Science ID: 000083525300009
PubMed ID: 10750522
Scopus ID: 0033137282


Objective: To investigate certain anatomical features of the vermiform appendix and the prevalence of acute appendicitis among Sudanese citizens in Khartoum province.; Design: A prospective descriptive study of consecutive. patients operated by a particular doctor. Setting: Omdurman and Khartoum Teaching Hospitals from November 1995 to February 1996.; Intervention: Appendicectomy and recording particular characteristics of the appendix. Main outcome measures: (i) appendix position, (ii) variations of mesopharynx and (iii) length of appendix.; Results: Acute appendicitis was found to be more common in males than in females and among adults than children. The average length was 8.9 cm in males and 9.4 cms in females. The appendix was commonly found to be retrocaecal (58.3%) on pelvic (21.7%)or paracaecal (11.7%). Anomalies of the appendix were more common in children than adults and occurred in 47% of cases.; Conclusion: Average length of the vermiform appendix was longer in females than in males. Ectopic positions such as left-sided appendix were not detected in this study.

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