Enteral Contrast Not Beneficial for Suspected Appendicitis, Study Shows
“Comparable effectiveness can be achieved using IV contrast alone in CT scans for suspected appendicitis,” said lead author Frederick Thurston Drake, MD, (pictured right) a surgery resident and fellow at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE), University of Washington, Seattle. He presented the findings at the 2012 American College of Surgeons’ Annual Clinical Congress.
Enteral contrast does not diagnostically benefit patients undergoing appendectomies, according to a study of a majority of patients in Washington state who had this procedure over a two-year period.
As a result of their findings, researchers said that the addition of enteral contrast to IV contrast should not be considered necessary when computed tomography (CT) is performed for suspected appendicitis. Physicians and hospitals participating in SCOAP (Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program), the voluntary collaborative of surgeons in Washington that led the study, will be encouraged to use CT scans enhanced only by IV contrast material when patients are undergoing evaluation for appendicitis.
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Modified February 2013 - MDH