S Afr Med J 2021 Mar 2;111(3):271-275. Epub 2021 Mar 2.
Department of Surgery, Worcester Regional Hospital, Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa; Ukwanda, Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University, Worcester Campus, South Africa; Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
Background: Delays to surgery for acute appendicitis in low- and middle-income countries lead to significant morbidity.
Objectives: To investigate the role of time to surgery in the development of complicated appendicitis and surgical site infection (SSI) in a rural referral hospital in South Africa (SA).
Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted of all patients presenting to a regional hospital in SA with acute appendicitis during 2017. Read More