African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, pp. 427-432
Bioline Code: hs11088
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011, pp. 427-432
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Mean Platelet volume in diagnosis of acute appendicitis in children|
Bilici, S; Sekmenli, T; Göksu, M; Melek, M & Avci, V
Background: The clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis (AA) in children is still problematic in status.
Objectives: To investigate the diagnostic value of mean platelet volume (MPV) in acute AA at childhood.
Methods: One hundred patients diagnosed as AA patients and 100 healthy individuals. Laboratory tests were studied in the hematology laboratory of the hospital.
Results: The MPV was found to be lower than normal in 48 cases in the AA group, and it was normal or higher than normal in 52 cases. In the control group, while MPV was found to be lower than normal in 13 cases, it was normal or higher than normal in 87 cases. The MPV was significantly lower in the AA group compared to the control group (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Our study indicated that MPV significantly decreased in pediatric AA patients. Hence, we believe that taking the MPV decrease into consideration along with the White Blood Cell Count elevation would be beneficial in patients with suspicion of AA.