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Novel 'risk calculator' can diagnose appendicitis in kids

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a new 'risk calculator' that can help diagnose in children and provide tailored medical and surgical guidance.

Researchers from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of and in the US 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.

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

"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," said Kharbanda.

"We're thrilled to have developed a new way to standardise care for children and adolescents with abdominal pain," he said.

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

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

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 presented at an emergency department with

They are conducting a 17-centre trial to improve the care of paediatric patients who seek care in general emergency departments. The study will utilise the appendicitis risk to guide care in the community setting.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 13:40 IST