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J R Soc Med. 1992 February; 85(2): 87–88.
PMCID: PMC1294889

Evaluation of the Alvarado score in acute appendicitis.


Use of the Alvarado scoring system was assessed prospectively in a consecutive series of 215 patients with suspected appendicitis over a 12 month period at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. In comparison the high negative appendicectomy rate during the year prior to the study was reduced considerably with the scoring system without increasing morbidity or mortality.

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  • Hoffmann J, Rasmussen OO. Aids in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Br J Surg. 1989 Aug;76(8):774–779. [PubMed]

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