After the first year of life, appendicitis is the most frequent of all the acute emergencies of abdominal disease. Although it is primarily a disease of young persons, approximately 50 per cent, of the cases occurring in the first twenty years, no time of life, from earliest infancy to old age, is exempt. In a compiled series of more than 16,000 cases, Kelley1 found 2.5 per cent, in the first five years of life; 8.3 per cent. in the next five-year period, and 16.3 per cent, in the third. This corresponds quite closely with our experience at St. Luke's Hospital, where, in a series of 888 cases of acute appendicitis admitted, in the five years prior to January, 1924, the percentages for the first three five-year periods were found to be 3.5, 8.5 and 16, respectively. Much consideration has been given to acute appendicitis in children, but, with some
BOLLING RW. ACUTE APPENDICITIS IN CHILDREN. JAMA. 1924;83(13):963–966. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130003002
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