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Correspondence and Brief Communications
November 2001

Two Hypotheses Concerning Intra-abdominal Abscess in Patients Who Undergo Laparoscopic Appendectomy

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Surg. 2001;136(11):1327. doi:

We read with great interest the ARCHIVES article by Krisher et al.1 The hypothesis is fraught with limitations and lacks power. The following factors must be included for the study result to be considered conclusive: length of surgery, whether there was a delay in surgical intervention (because a delay allows time for lymph node translocation), Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation score, stapled stump or endoloop for stump, duration of antibiotic use, and amount of irrigation used.