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January 1951


AMA Arch Surg. 1951;62(1):150. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250030153019

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A number of queries have been made as to the place of "interval" appendectomy in the treatment of acute appendicitis. It is clear that these questions really refer to the policy of deferring operation until the process subsides and doing an appendectomy later. On the basis of some of the questions, it seems that the introduction of chemotherapy has apparently had a considerable influence in justifying many practitioners in advocating the so-called deferred or delayed operation. In presenting various aspects of this problem to the members of the Editorial Board, several interesting differences of opinion were encountered, at least in certain types of cases. The answers to a series of questions will be summarized under two main headings, first, the policy in regard to the question of deferring operation in a patient with clinical acute appendicitis, and second, the related problem of the probability of error in making a clinical

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