The role of auscultation and registration of bowel sounds in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.

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Abstract

The study described was designed to evaluate the role of auscultation and registration of bowel sounds in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. In 37 patients with suspected acute appendicitis undergoing appendicectomy the bowel sounds were registered twice pre-operatively and once on the postoperative day. The results show that single registration of bowel sounds is rarely diagnostic, but repeated examinations with the method used in this study might provide an additional factor to reaching a diagnosis. However, the results are difficult to apply directly to the clinical situation, and further evaluation of this method, as well as an improvement of the technical equipment used, is essential.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-328
Number of pages5
JournalAnnales Chirurgiae et Gynaecologiae
Volume72
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1983 Dec 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes