J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2023 Nov;33(11):1235-1239. doi: 10.29271/jcpsp.2023.11.1235.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between preoperative pain scores and the mesoappendix volume and the presence of complications in patients with acute appendicitis.
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. Place and Duration of the Study: Department of General Surgery at Kutahya Health Sciences University, Kutahya, Turkey, from January to December 2021.
METHODOLOGY: Pain degrees in patients with acute appendicitis were measured by Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) and Wong-Baker Scale (WBS). Mesoappendix volume was calculated using the formula: mesoappendix length x width x height. Appendicitis type (as complicated or uncomplicated) was grouped.
RESULTS: There was a positive and statistically significant correlation (17%) between the NRS and mesoappendix volume (p=0.065). In addition, there was a positive and statistically significant correlation (17%) between the WBS and mesoappendix volume (p=0.057). Additionally, there was a statistically significant relationship between the NRS, WBS, and complicated appendicitis (p=0.022, p=0.022, respectively).
CONCLUSION: The mesoappendix volume might contribute to preoperative pain process in acute appendicitis patients. Specifically, there is a statistically significant correlation between complicated appendicitis and preoperative pain scores.
KEY WORDS: Appendicitis, Pain, Mesentery, Complicated appendicitis.