Observational Study
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World J Clin Cases. Oct 16, 2022; 10(29): 10487-10500
Published online Oct 16, 2022. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v10.i29.10487
Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with presumed diagnosis of acute appendicitis
Sami Akbulut, Adem Tuncer, Zeki Ogut, Tevfik Tolga Sahin, Cemalettin Koc, Emek Guldogan, Ertugrul Karabulut, Elif Seren Tanriverdi, Ali Ozer
Sami Akbulut, Tevfik Tolga Sahin, Cemalettin Koc, Ertugrul Karabulut, Surgery and Liver Transplant Institute, Inonu University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya 44280, Turkey
Sami Akbulut, Emek Guldogan, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Inonu University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya 44280, Turkey
Sami Akbulut, Ali Ozer, Department of Public Health, Inonu University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya 44280, Turkey
Adem Tuncer, Zeki Ogut, Department of Surgery, Inonu University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya 44280, Turkey
Elif Seren Tanriverdi, Department of Medical Microbiology, Inonu University Medical Faculty, Malatya 44280, Turkey
Author contributions: Akbulut S, Tuncer A, Ogut Z, Tanriverdi ES, and Koc C collected data; Akbulut S and Ozer A performed statistical analysis; Akbulut S and Sahin TT wrote the manuscript; Akbulut S, Sahin TT, and Yilmaz S contributed to project development and reviewed the final version.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed and approved by the Inonu University institutional review board for non-interventional studies (2021/2293).
Informed consent statement: Verbal and written consents were obtained from all patients who underwent appendectomy.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors report no relevant conflicts of interest for this article.
Data sharing statement: There are no additional data available for this study.
STROBE statement: The authors have read the STROBE Statement-checklist of items, and the manuscript was prepared and revised according to the STROBE Statement-checklist of items.
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Corresponding author: Sami Akbulut, FACS, MD, PhD, Professor, Surgery and Liver Transplant Institute, Inonu University Faculty of Medicine, Elazig Yolu 10 Km, Malatya 44280, Turkey. akbulutsami@gmail.com
Received: July 25, 2022
Peer-review started: July 25, 2022
First decision: August 7, 2022
Revised: August 16, 2022
Accepted: September 9, 2022
Article in press: September 9, 2022
Published online: October 16, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as a public health emergency of international concern. Previous studies have shown that the anxiety related with the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused individuals to avoid admission to hospitals even in very urgent conditions. The present study showed that the complicated acute appendicitis rate increased, which has led to prolonged hospital stays during the COVID-19 pandemic. The present study also showed that the negative appendectomy rate decreased during the pandemic.