About the book
Acute appendicitis, that has been studied and treated for hundreds of years, is still the subject of debate today. During life, an adult has about a 10 % - 12 % risk of having acute appendicitis, which remains the most common pediatric abdominal urgency. Its atypical clinical presentation in about 30 % - 35 % of cases, the debated role of imaging in diagnosis and diagnostic delays especially in the elderly make the diagnosis challenging.
Given the great heterogeneity of the population that may be affected by this disease, it is not possible to stipulate a universally valid diagnostic process but an individualized approach is always necessary on the basis of age, sex, comorbidities and clinical manifestations. Guidelines for adults and elderly patients have also recently been published in Italy and Jerusalem. All this stimulated the production of a book which will aim to help, gathering personal experiences, to better define the behaviours to be adopted in this area.