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New technique to improve appendicitis diagnosis for kids developed

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Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new paediatric (pARC) that may help to calculate a specific for in kids.

With this new method, clinicians will be able to provide tailored medical and surgical guidance to a patient, the researchers said.

"This method is of great benefit to our patients and the health care system overall," said Anupam Kharbanda, of at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of

"In addition to being able to target our care specifically to each patient, we're also reducing the use of unnecessary medical tests and expenses. We're thrilled to have developed a new way to standardise care for children and adolescents with abdominal pain," Kharbanda added.

is one of the most common reasons children visit the emergency department and is the most frequent surgical emergency in paediatrics.

CT is one of the most common ways clinicians diagnose appendicitis and CT scans are not only costly, but can also put paediatric patients at for radiation-induced injuries, especially because their bodies are smaller and organs more sensitive than adults, the researchers said.

As a result, researchers have sought methods to develop a safer, more cost-efficient way to determine the risk for appendicitis when a patient has approached the emergency department with

For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers used data collected from ten paediatric emergency departments to develop the risk and then independently validated the score using data from a single children's hospital.

Potential benefits of using the new risk include a reduction in the use of computed (CT), more judicious utilisation of and a reduction in expenditures.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 12:36 IST