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Computed Tomography to Evaluate Children with Suspected Appendicitis: Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness, Diagnostic Accuracy, and Guidelines

Last updated: April 17, 2015
Project Number: RB0844-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Other Diagnostics
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of computed tomography to evaluate children with suspected appendicitis?
  2. What is the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography to evaluate children with suspected appendicitis?
  3. What is the cost-effectiveness of computed tomography compared with ultrasound when evaluating children with suspected appendicitis?
  4. What are the evidence-based guidelines associated with computed tomography use to evaluate children with suspected appendicitis?

Key Message

Four non-randomized studies and one evidence-based guideline were identified regarding computed tomography to evaluate children with suspected appendicitis.