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January 1923


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Professor of Roentgenology, University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

Arch Surg. 1923;6(1_PART_I):85-88. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01110160095004

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Much has been written during the last ten years on the roentgen-ray examination of the appendix. The views expressed by the various writers in this time, excluding a certain amount of overenthusiasm, have differed only in minor details and in the exact dependence to be placed on some of the observations made concerning pathologic conditions of this structure and of the surrounding organs. The value of the roentgenologic examination in connection with appendicitis may be discussed under the following heads: (1) congenital anomalies in position; (2) data obtainable from observation of the visualized appendix; (3) abnormal appearances in other structures suggesting appendiceal origin when the appendix is not visualized; (4) the finding of some other condition than appendicitis to account for the symptomatology; (5) the finding of some other condition accompanying appendicitis and requiring further surgical exploration, and the exclusion of any other surgical condition than a diseased appendix, thereby

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