Chapter 1 History and Epidemiology of Pediatric Appendicitis
Chapter 2 Defining the Disease: Uncomplicated versus Complicated Appendicitis
Chapter 3 Making the Diagnosis: The Use of Clinical Features and Scoring Systems
Chapter 4 The Role and Efficacy of Laboratories in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Appendicitis
Chapter 5 Diagnostic Imaging for Pediatric Appendicitis
Chapter 6 Selection and Timing of Antibiotics for the Management of Appendicitis
Chapter 7 Non-Operative Management of Uncomplicated Appendicitis
Chapter 8 Non-Operative Management of Complicated Appendicitis
Chapter 9 Interventional Radiology as a Therapeutic Option for Complicated Appendicitis
Chapter 10 Timing of Appendectomy for Acute Appendicitis: Can Surgery Wait?
Chapter 11 Surgical Techniques in Pediatric Appendectomy
Chapter 12 The Controversial Role of Interval Appendectomy
Chapter 13 Diagnostic and Management Strategies for Postoperative Complications in Pediatric Appendicitis
Chapter 14 Disparities in the Management of Appendicitis
Chapter 15 Appendicitis- Unusual Complications and Outcomes
Chapter 16 Management of Acute Appendicitis in Special Pediatric Situations: Malignancy, Neutropenia, and Other Etiologies of Immune Suppression.
Although appendicitis is the leading cause of an acute surgical abdomen in children, many areas of controversy exist in diagnosis and medical and surgical management of this condition. Written in a practical, easy-to-use format, Controversies in Pediatric Appendicitis provides a thorough overview of these debated issues, careful to include perspectives on every aspect of care. The book begins with an introductory framework that examines the history of pediatric appendicitis, the epidemiology of disease, defining a complicated diagnosis, the role and efficacy of laboratories in diagnosis, and use and overuse of radiographic imaging for appendicitis. Later chapters cover antibiotic selection, surgical approaches to appendicitis, non-operative management of acute and perforated appendicitis, discussion of potential complications, as well as appendicitis in special pediatric situations like malignancy and other instances of immune suppression. Each chapter follows a similar format, beginning with clinical vignettes and concluding with pearls and pitfalls to provide readers with necessary clinical grounding and context with which to examine each of these areas of current controversy.
A unique, first-of-its-kind book, Controversies in Pediatric Appendicitis is an ideal resource for pediatric surgeons, interventional radiologists, emergency room specialists, and all providers and surgeons that care for children with appendicitis.
Catherine J. Hunter, MD, FACS, FAAP
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Department of Pediatric Surgery