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    Alvarado Score for Acute Appendicitis

    Predicts likelihood of appendicitis diagnosis.
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    Patients with suspected acute appendicitis (typically with right lower quadrant pain).

    • More accurate at extremes than for equivocal scores, so it is unclear whether Alvarado scoring is better than gestalt.

    • Symptoms may overlap with other diseases; i.e., higher scores are found in patients with non-appendiceal inflammatory conditions, such as diverticulitis or acute pelvic inflammatory disease. It is important to consider the whole clinical picture in making the diagnosis of appendicitis.

    • Note that several modifications of the score exist, which may be appropriate in specific settings such as pregnant patients, children, and low-resource settings (without lab availability), but the original Alvarado Score remains the best studied and validated in a general population.

    Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical emergency in the US. Diagnostic accuracy is increased with greater usage of CT scanning; however, CT confers risks and disadvantages such as cost, radiation exposure, and contrast-related complications. The Alvarado Score is a well-established and widely-used clinical decision tool that may help reduce CT usage.

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    Dr. Alfredo Alvarado

    About the Creator

    Alfredo Alvarado, MD, is a retired general surgeon, formerly at Plantation General Hospital in Florida. He previously held staff positions at Florida Medical Center and Westside Regional Hospital. Dr. Alvarado completed medical training at the National University of Colombia and residencies in general and thoracic surgery.

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