Appendiceal Diverticular Disease: A 10-year Retrospective Study of Cases from Tertiary Hospitals in Western Australia.Chirurgia (Bucur). 2020 May-Jun; 115(3):348-356.C
Background: Appendiceal diverticular disease (ADD) is typically a histological diagnosis. Our paper aims to investigate the implications of ADD compared to acute appendicitis (AA).
Methods: We conducted a retrospective data collection of patients who had undergone an appen dicectomy in three tertiary hospitals across Western Australia between 2009-2019 and included patients with histopathological diagnoses of ADD and AA.
Results: Thirty-seven patients with ADD and forty with AA were included. The mean age in the ADD group was significantly older (p 0.001) at 50.1 compared to the AA group (37.3). The mean white cell count (WCC) in the ADD group was lower than the AA group (11x109/L vs. 13.3x109/L, p 0.001), whereas the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) level was greater, although not statistically significant. The ADD group had a greater risk of major surgery (p 0.05) and complications such as appendiceal perforation and appendiceal mass (p 0.05). Post-operative colonoscopy also demon strated a higher incidence of polyps in patients with ADD (19% vs. 2.5%, p 0.001).