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Diagnostic outcomes following childhood non-specific abdominal pain: a record-linkage study
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    Re: Non-specific abdominal pain and appendicitis, an unespected correlation
    • Lucy Howarth, Dr
    • Other Contributors:
      • G C D Thornton, M J Goldacre and R Goldacre

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr Di Mascio and his colleagues for their interest in our study. In response we would like to point out that only a very small proportion (5.8%) of the children admitted with NSAP were subsequently hospitalised with bowel pathology (1). The increased relative risk of being diagnosed with appendicitis in the first year following a diagnosis of NSAP is clearly notable.

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    Non-specific abdominal pain and appendicitis, an unespected correlation
    • Alberto Di Mascio, Resident
    • Other Contributors:
      • Sergio Ghirardo and Alessandro Ventura

    Dear editor, In their study G C D Thornton and al (1) found a diagnosis of appendicitis in 6065 children out of 268623, previously diagnosed as non specific abdominal pain (NSAP) at the first access, who returned within one year. According to their data, the RR to develop appendicitis in the first year after discharge with a diagnosis of NSAP is 15.04 times higher than the risk in the control cohort. Appendicitis is an a...

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