Family History Is a Predictor for Appendicitis in Adults in the Emergency Department

Introduction: A family history of appendicitis has been reported to increase the likelihood of the diagnosis in children and in a retrospective study of adults. We compare positive family history with the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in a prospective sample of adults.

Conclusion: Adults presenting to the emergency department with a known family history of appendicitis are more likely to have this disease than those without.

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