Appendicitis is the most common acute surgical condition of the abdomen. Age, sex and seasonal variations have been observed in many studies. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence and seasonality of acute appendicitis among patients registered in Ibn-Sina general hospital (ISGH) in Al-Mukalla. In this retrospective study. The data was collected from admission records in surgical department of ISGH during the period January 2011 - December 2017. Out of 12580 patients attending surgical ward, 2565 patients with acute appendicitis were collected from records of the hospital. The prevalence of acute appendicitis during the study years was 20.39%. The prevalence of acute appendicitis in males was found to be twice that of females (66.6% and 33.4% respectively). Acute appendicitis was significantly higher among males in the 11-20 age group (70.0%). While in females it was higher in the age group ≤ 10 years (51.1%) (p value = 0.000).and decreased with age increase in both males and females. A significant seasonal effect was also observed, with the prevalence of acute appendicitis higher in the winter and autumn (p value = 0.000). In this study obvious differences were observed in the prevalence of acute appendicitis for different seasons, age groups and genders with higher rate in teen age group, male gender and winter and autumn season.
Alyamani, Abdulla Saleh and Bamatraf, Fauzia Faraj
"Prevalence and Seasonality of Acute Appendicitis Among Patients Registered at Ibn- Sina General Hospital in Al-Mukalla, Yemen,"
Hadhramout University Journal of Natural & Applied Sciences: Vol. 15:
1, Article 5.
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