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Acute Appendicitis During First Five Years of Life

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(2):134-138. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010136003.
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For the pediatric surgeon who sees the child in the hospital, acute appendicitis is like the tiger when seen behind bars at the zoo. For the pediatrician seeing the child at home, appendicitis is like the tiger lurking in the high grass waiting his chance to strike.

—After Shaw8

Acute appendicitis is the most common condition requiring intra-abdominal surgery in infancy and childhood.5 The purpose of this report is to review our experience with all of the proven cases of acute appendicitis during the first five years of life treated on the Surgical Service (Pediatric) from Jan 1, 1959 to Dec 31, 1963.

During this five year period 497 infants and children were admitted to our hospital with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Thirty of these patients were 5 years old or less; the youngest was 11 days of age. There were 18 girls and 12 boys of


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