Alternative diagnoses at paediatric appendicitis MRI

M. M. Moore, A. N. Kulaylat, J. M. Brian, A. Khaku, M. A. Hulse, B. W. Engbrecht, S. T. Methratta, D. K.B. Boal

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As the utilization of MRI in the assessment for paediatric appendicitis increases in clinical practice, it is important to recognize alternative diagnoses as the cause of abdominal pain. The purpose of this review is to share our institution's experience using MRI in the evaluation of 510 paediatric patients presenting with suspected appendicitis over a 30 month interval (July 2011 to December 2013). An alternative diagnosis was documented in 98/510 (19.2%) patients; adnexal pathology (6.3%, n = 32), enteritisecolitis (6.3%, n = 32), and mesenteric adenitis (2.2%, n = 11) comprised the majority of cases. These common entities and other less frequent illustrative cases obtained during our overall institutional experience with MRI for suspected appendicitis are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-889
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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