Saline-filled appendiceal ultrasonography in clinically equivocal acute appendicitis

S. H. Cha, S. H. Kim, E. S. Lee, C. M. Park, J. H. Cha, J. H. Kim, K. B. Chung, W. H. Suh

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Background: To establish the value of saline-filled appendiceal ultrasonography in the diagnosis of clinically equivocal acute appendicitis. Methods: Saline-filled ultrasonography was performed in 43 patients with an equivocal clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Results: Sonography diagnosed 31 of 32 patients without acute appendicitis (97%). A normal appendix was visualized in 15 patients (47%), and we identified a normal appendix in 15 of 22 patients (68%) in whom the colon was cleansed with Golytely®. Sonography diagnosed 10 of 11 patients with acute appendicitis (91%). In three of 10 patients, the findings corresponded to sonographic pitfalls. Conclusion: Saline-filled appendiceal ultrasonography enables the detection of a normal appendix and may overcome sonographic pitfalls in acute appendicitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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