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Correspondence and Brief Communications
January 1, 2007

Delayed Appendectomy for Acute Appendicitis

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Surg. 2007;142(1):99. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.1.99-a

I read with great interest the article by Abou-Nukta et al1 and the comments of few discussants, which were published in the May issue of the ARCHIVES. The authors said that it can be helpful to delay in performing an appendectomy for acute appendicitis for 12 to 24 hours after the diagnosis, especially at night so that trainees, surgeons, and other personnel do not lose sleep—an important consideration since the complication rates and results of immediate and late appendectomy are the same.

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