Acute appendicitis and the Covid-19 pandemic

Expiry Date
: 01/05/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
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This research article looks at the impact Covid-19 may have had on the incidence and severity of acute appendicitis. Comparison was made between 2019 and 2020 and looked at pre-hospital delays, severity and any post-operative complications.

Keywords: Acute appendicitis, Complicated appendicitis, COVID-19 pandemic

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article was to try and identify whether the Covid-19 pandemic caused any difference in presentation, severity and/or complications of acute appendicitis. Cases from 2019 and 2020 were used to obtain the data.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. Appendicitis – acute, uncomplicated or complicated
  2. Complications of appendicitis
  3. How Covid-19 may have affected patients with acute appendicitis.

    Instructions for this Module

    • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
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