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Laparoscopic appendicectomy reduced chronic right lower-quadrant abdominal pain more than sham intervention

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R M Roumen

Dr R M Roumen, Maxima Medical Centre, Veldhoven, The Netherlands; r.roumen@mmc.nl

STUDY DESIGN:

Design:

randomised, placebo controlled trial.

Allocation:

{concealed}*.†

Blinding:

blinded (patients, clinicians, {data collectors}*, and outcome assessors).†

STUDY QUESTION

Setting:

a teaching hospital in the Netherlands.

Patients:

40 patients who were 15–45 years of age (83% women) and had chronic or recurrent pain in the right lower abdominal quadrant for >3 months (continuous pain or ⩾1 pain attack in the previous month). Exclusion criteria were chronic back pain, previous abdominal surgery (except diagnostic laparoscopy or laparoscopic sterilisation), specific gastrointestinal disorders (eg, inflammatory bowel disease), gynaecological disease, or abnormalities on diagnostic laparoscopy.

Intervention:

laparoscopic …

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