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Table 2 Duration of abdominal pain, frequency of vomiting, before presentation, hydration status at presentation and operative procedure, (N = 139)

From: Clinicopathological review of 156 appendicectomies for acute appendicitis in children in Ile-Ife, Nigeria: a retrospective analysis

Variable value Type of appendicitis Total N (%) p-value
Simple (uncomplicated) N = 64 (%) Complicated N = 75 (%)
Duration of pain (days) ≤1 39 (60.9) 12 (16.0) 51 (36.7) 0.001
>1 25 (39.1) 63 (84.0) 88 (63.3)
Dehydration No 60 (93.7) 46 (61.3) 106 (76.3) 0.001
Yes 4 (6.3) 29 (38.7) 33 (23.7)
Number of vomiting episodes None at all or once 35 (54.7) 16 (21.3) 51 (36.7) 0.001
More than once 29 (45.3) 59 (78.7) 88 (63.3)
Operative procedure done Appendectomy only 61 (95.3) 3 (4.0) 64 (46.0) 0.001
Appendectomy + drainage of localized abscess 0 (0) 25 (33.3) 25 (19.0)
Exploratory Laparotomy + appendectomy + drainage of intra-peritoneal abscess 0 (0.0) 45 (60.0) 45 (32.4)
Exploratory Laparotomy + right hemi-colectomy + drainage of intra-peritoneal abscess 0 (0.0) 2 (2.7) 2 (1.4)
Laparoscopic appendectomy 3 (4.7) 0 (0.0) 3 (2.2)