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Chirurgia 2000 August;13(4):211-4

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language: Italian

Importance of the “clinical monitoring” of the patient in a case of acute retrocecal appendicitis

Mitaritonno M., Perrucci S.


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Acute appendicitis is a very common disease and its diagnosis is not difficult. Sometimes, however, its clinical presentation could be atypical for many different reasons: the not typical position is one of the most common reasons of a wrong or late diagnosis. Very important in this situation is the ''clinical monitoring'' of patients: it consists in the clinical evaluation of the patients repeated every 15-30 minutes. In this way it is possible to evaluate every modification of signs or symptoms of the patient. This clinical behaviour is very important when diagnostic supports are not available (laboratory, X-ray, US), actually very common in the medical practice.

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