One in six appendectomies on children are unnecessary new research shows
One in six operations to remove a child’s appendix are NOT needed because doctors are failing to properly interpret ultrasound scans of the abdomen, new research shows
- Some 10,000 children have an emergency appendectomy operations each year
- Scientists tested the extracted organs of almost 1,900 children after surgery
- The tests showed that 16 per cent of those operated on did not need surgery
- Avoiding needless surgery could save the NHS approximately £4.4m a year
Hundreds of children are having needless operations to remove their appendix, researchers have warned.
One in six children who had surgery actually had a healthy appendix taken out, according to their study.
An estimated 1,600 younsters are having appendicectomies unnecessarily each year in the UK, it found.
One in six children who undergo appendectomies in Britain and Ireland did not need the surgery, an examination of the extracted organs of 1,827 children has show
Such surgery is the most common emergency operation in children – with 10,000 procedures every year.