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Year : 1977  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Significance of leucocyte count in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis

Department of Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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S Sood
Department of Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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Leucocyte count was estimated in 220 suspected cases of acute appendicitis. The significance of white cell count in 192 cases of pathologically proved appendicitis is reported. It is suggested that the routine leucocyte count, a simple and non-time consuming in­vestigation, is valuable in the assessment of a possible case of acute appendicitis. It is further stressed that although a white cell count below 10,000/, does not exclude the possibility of acute ap­pendicitis as seen in the present study, (false low count 7.9% false high 5.4%,) , such a value should prompt further review and con­sideration of diagnosis and it appears that correlation of physical signs with leucocyte count would carry more meaning than either of them alone.

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