FREQUENCY OF PERFORATED APPENDIX IN CASES OF ACUTE APPENDICITIS
Objective: To determine the frequency of perforated appendix in cases of acute appendicitis.
Material and Methods: This was a descriptive case series and was conducted in surgical department of Postgraduate
Medical Institute, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar from January 2011 to February 2012. Total 200 cases of acute
appendicitis in which appendectomy was performed during the study period.
Results: A descriptive case series comprised of 200 patients presented with acute appendicitis were studied for
observing frequency of perforated appendicitis. Out of 200 patients (sample size), 16 (8%) cases were diagnosed as
perforated appendicitis, gangrenous were found to be 16 (8%) cases, appendicular mass was recorded in 6 (3%) cases
and remaining 162 (81%) cases were found to be acutely inflamed.
Conclusion: Perforated appendicitis is a frequent complication of acute appendicitis.